Epidemiological factors in the clinical identification of child sexual abuse.

Academic Article


  • The main finding from epidemiological literature on child sexual abuse is that no identifiable demographic or family characteristics of a child may be used to exclude the possibility that a child has been sexually abused. Some characteristics are associated with greater risk: girls more than boys, preadolescents and early adolescents, having a stepfather, living without a natural parent, having an impaired mother, poor parenting, or witnessing family conflict. Class and ethnicity appear not be associated with risk. In any case, none of these factors bear a strong enough relationship to the occurrence of abuse that their presence could play a confirming or disconfirming role in the identification of actual cases.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 1993
  • Published In


  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Class
  • Social Environment
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 8435788
  • Start Page

  • 67
  • End Page

  • 70
  • Volume

  • 17
  • Issue

  • 1