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

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



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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