Containing the Secret of Child Sexual Abuse

  title={Containing the Secret of Child Sexual Abuse},
  author={Rosaleen McElvaney and Sheila M. Greene and Diane M. Hogan},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={1155 - 1175}
This study reports a grounded theory study of the process of how children tell of their experiences of child sexual abuse from the perspectives of young people and their parents. Individual interviews were conducted with 22 young people aged 8 to 18, and 14 parents. A theoretical model was developed that conceptualises the process of disclosure as one of containing the secret of child sexual abuse. Three key dynamics were identified: the active withholding of the secret on the part of the child… 

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  • S. Kogan
  • Psychology
    Child abuse & neglect
  • 2004