The aim of this review was to provide the state of art of child sexual abuse and its psychophysical consequences. We assessed the evidence-based literature derived from PubMed, Embase, Medline, PsychINFO databases, including a thorough analysis of what has been published in the last 5 years, not neglecting previous publications essential to the argument for their scientific validity (methodological accuracy, recruited survey). Child sexual abuse is ubiquitous both regarding victims' gender and socio-economic conditions. The important consequences linked to what they suffered - either immediately or with adolescent or adult onset - are mediated by age and family support to trauma reprocessing as well as by the frequency of repetition of the abuse or familiarity with the abuser. These factors appear to be of primary importance - both at a physical and psychic level - and may be expressed in multiple manifestations, hence it is of utmost importance to pay timely attention to possible alarm signals revealing suspected abuse suffered by any underage person. Special emphasis is addressed towards some of the consequences for which child sexual abuse is considered to be a primary cause (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder) and the perpetuation of such abuse, both short-term as well as long-term. Poor training, regarding this field, of various professionals (pediatricians, teachers, etc.) who each day work with minors, as well as the paucity of available treatment options point to an urgent need for prevention (including in-depth diagnosis/therapy) and early intervention.

di GIACOMO, E., Alamia, A., Cicolari, F., Cimolai, V., & Clerici, M. (2013). Abuso sessuale nei confronti di soggetti minorenni: Un'inguaribile ferita? Child sexual abuse: an irremediable hurt?. RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA, 48(4), 273-284 [10.1708/1319.14623].

Abuso sessuale nei confronti di soggetti minorenni: Un'inguaribile ferita? Child sexual abuse: an irremediable hurt?

di GIACOMO, ESTER
Primo
;
ALAMIA, ALBERTO
Secondo
;
CLERICI, MASSIMO
Ultimo
2013

Abstract

The aim of this review was to provide the state of art of child sexual abuse and its psychophysical consequences. We assessed the evidence-based literature derived from PubMed, Embase, Medline, PsychINFO databases, including a thorough analysis of what has been published in the last 5 years, not neglecting previous publications essential to the argument for their scientific validity (methodological accuracy, recruited survey). Child sexual abuse is ubiquitous both regarding victims' gender and socio-economic conditions. The important consequences linked to what they suffered - either immediately or with adolescent or adult onset - are mediated by age and family support to trauma reprocessing as well as by the frequency of repetition of the abuse or familiarity with the abuser. These factors appear to be of primary importance - both at a physical and psychic level - and may be expressed in multiple manifestations, hence it is of utmost importance to pay timely attention to possible alarm signals revealing suspected abuse suffered by any underage person. Special emphasis is addressed towards some of the consequences for which child sexual abuse is considered to be a primary cause (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder) and the perpetuation of such abuse, both short-term as well as long-term. Poor training, regarding this field, of various professionals (pediatricians, teachers, etc.) who each day work with minors, as well as the paucity of available treatment options point to an urgent need for prevention (including in-depth diagnosis/therapy) and early intervention.
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Child sexual abuse; Pedophilia; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Trauma; Adolescent; Adult; Child; Child Abuse, Sexual; Evidence-Based Medicine; Humans; Pedophilia; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Psychiatry and Mental Health
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di GIACOMO, E., Alamia, A., Cicolari, F., Cimolai, V., & Clerici, M. (2013). Abuso sessuale nei confronti di soggetti minorenni: Un'inguaribile ferita? Child sexual abuse: an irremediable hurt?. RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA, 48(4), 273-284 [10.1708/1319.14623].
di GIACOMO, E; Alamia, A; Cicolari, F; Cimolai, V; Clerici, M
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