Nonoffending parent expectations of sexually abused children: Predictive factors and influence on children's recovery

Haig Kouyoumdjian, Andrea R. Perry, David J. Hansen

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Abstract

This study examined the influence of parental expectations on the functioning of sexually abused children. Participants included 67 sexually abused youth and 63 of their nonoffending primary caregivers. Parental expectations about how sexual abuse will impact children were predictive of parents' ratings of children's behavior at pretreatment, while parental expectations of children's overall future functioning were not predictive of parents' ratings of children's behavior. Parental expectations about how sexual abuse will impact their children and about their children's overall future functioning were not predictive of parents' ratings of children's behavior at posttreatment. Results highlight the influential role the sexual abuse label has in shaping parental expectations about children's functioning. Recommendations for research and intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-60
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Expectancies
  • Expectations
  • Labeling
  • Recovery
  • Sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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