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Source:2013 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

A Global Perspective on Child Sexual Abuse: Meta-Analysis of Prevalence Around the World

  1. Marije Stoltenborgh
    1. Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, vanijzen{at}fsw.leidenuniv.nl
  1. Marinus H. van IJzendoorn
    1. Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
  1. Eveline M. Euser
    1. Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
  1. Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg
    1. Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Abstract

Our comprehensive meta-analysis combined prevalence figures of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) reported in 217 publications published between 1980 and 2008, including 331 independent samples with a total of 9,911,748 participants. The overall estimated CSA prevalence was 127/1000 in self-report studies and 4/1000 in informant studies. Self-reported CSA was more common among female (180/1000) than among male participants (76/1000). Lowest rates for both girls (113/1000) and boys (41/1000) were found in Asia, and highest rates were found for girls in Australia (215/1000) and for boys in Africa (193/1000). The results of our meta-analysis confirm that CSA is a global problem of considerable extent, but also show that methodological issues drastically influence the self-reported prevalence of CSA.

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