Children’s disclosure of sexual abuse: a systematic review of qualitative research exploring barriers and facilitators

Morrison, S. E., Bruce, C. and Wilson, S. (2018) Children’s disclosure of sexual abuse: a systematic review of qualitative research exploring barriers and facilitators. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27(2), pp. 176-194. (doi: 10.1080/10538712.2018.1425943) (PMID:29488844)

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Abstract

This study evaluates and synthesizes qualitative evidence addressing factors affecting a child’s decision to disclose an experience of sexual abuse. Childhood sexual abuse is a devastating crime, with long-term negative impacts. Understanding the factors that affect a child’s decision to disclose is vital. Disclosure enables access to support and protection, both therapeutically and legally. A systematic review was conducted focusing on factors affecting a child’s decision to disclose an experience of sexual abuse. Seven studies were identified, quality appraisal undertaken, and meta-ethnography used to synthesize the studies. Six new super-ordinate themes were developed: Fear of what will happen; Others’ reactions: fear of disbelief; Emotions and impact of the abuse; An opportunity to tell; Concern for self and others; and Feelings toward the abuser. Themes indicated the importance of support, structure, and opportunity to facilitate disclosure and should be utilized by agencies to develop practices that facilitate disclosures.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bruce, Dr Caroline and Wilson, Dr Sarah
Authors: Morrison, S. E., Bruce, C., and Wilson, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1053-8712
ISSN (Online):1547-0679
Published Online:28 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 27(2):176-194
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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