n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - An ecological perspective on the effect of childhood sexual abuse on children




Sexual abuse is a phenomenon with far-reaching effects. This article will provide a holistic look at the effects of sexual abuse from an ecological systems perspective. The effect of sexual abuse on the child as the focus of the microsystem will be highlighted, as well as the effects on the parents or the child's caregiver as the meso system. The authors will attempt to highlight the interactive dynamics between the different systems and will explain how each system can contribute to either mitigating or exacerbating the effects of abuse on the child.


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