n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Non-supportive disclosure in child sexual abuse : some conceptual considerations

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article critically examines conceptual models of non-supportive reactions to child sexual abuse. Drawing on findings from the KwaZulu-Natal Child Rape Study, and from related South African studies, it is proposed that available conceptualizations would benefit from: (a) an extended and more clearly articulated definition of , (b) a definition of non-supportive agents which extends beyond the 'traditional focus' on maternal figures as neglectful or as 'not-good-enough" parents, and (c) a more concerted effort to conceptualize reactions to CSA as a truly social phenomenon.

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