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n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The contemporary status of the intergenerational transmission hypothesis in child sexual abuse
Objectives : This paper critically examines empirical evidence relating to the intergenerational transmission of child sexual abuse.
Results : Although available research has identified a history of child sexual abuse in a sizable proportion of identified or self-reported child molesters, it has been found that many (if not most) child sexual offenders do not have a past history of child sexual abuse.
Conclusions : The paper concludes by suggesting the need for methodological improvements in the field, as well as a need for a more adequate and comprehensive conceptualisation of the dynamics of intergenerational transmission in child sexual abuse.
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