n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The contemporary status of the intergenerational transmission hypothesis in child sexual abuse




This paper critically examines empirical evidence relating to the intergenerational transmission of child sexual abuse.

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.
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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