Thomas JN, Rogers CM, Lloyd D, Sihlangu R. 1985. Child sexual abuse: Implications for public health practice. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Maternal and Child Health, 28 pp. (Information Bulletin)
Annotation: This 1985 technical information bulletin was prepared under a MCHB grant and is directed to health professionals, particularly those in public health. It urges their attention to and recognition of child sexual abuse as a public health problem. Topics presented include: arriving at a widely accepted definition of child sexual abuse; scope of the problem; identifying families and/or victims; risk factors; and levels of public health prevention efforts (primary, secondary, tertiary). How and why child sexual abuse cases enter the public health system is discussed along with prevention levels appropriate at time of that entry. Secondary prevention is frequently level at which cases enter they system, and at that point, may involve interviews, medical exams, physical finds, sexually transmitted diseases, psychosocial considerations, legal considerations and treatment. The need for training of public health professionals is explored, including improving their knowledge of child development, their ability to identify, collect and document evidence, and their ability to testify in court situations. These providers should also be mindful of cultural and ethnic values and differences. Professionals should also be in position to disseminate educational information, set up screenings for potential health problems, to sponsor training in conjunction with existing social service and law enforcement programs, and to develop primary prevention interventions. Rationale for all of these positions is discussed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: https://www.mchlibrary.org Available for loan.
Keywords: Advocacy, Anticipatory guidance, Child sexual abuse, Consumer education, Education, Health professionals, Injury prevention, Population surveillance, Resources for professionals, Training, U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau