Knowledge and attitude of pre-school girls about sexual abuse prevention in Gorgan, northern Iran (2016)
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Abstract:
Background and Objective
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a very serious problem all over the world with widespread and often unrecoverable negative consequences for victim, family and the society. Significant proportion of victims reported abused sexually when they were younger than 7 years. This study was done to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of pre-school girls about sexual abuse prevention in Gorgan during 2016.
Methods
In this descriptive study, 56 pre-school girls with mean age of 76.13±3.87 months (6.34 years), who were chosen through systematic random sampling, among the files of the households with
a pre-school age girl from two health centers in Gorgan, north of Iran during 2016. The Personal Safety Questionnaire- Persian version (PSQ-P) including 12 questions was used to test children’s sexual abuse prevention knowledge and attitude by interview method.
Results
Out of  the 56 children studied, only 9 children (16%) knew all three private parts and of these, only 2 children (3.5%) knew the correct name for all three parts. 80% of children believed that if the perpetrator would ask them to keep touching the private parts as a secret, they should not inform another person. 48% of them did not choose appropriate avoidance responses during inappropriate touching of private parts. 43% of them reported that they do not like their private parts and the appropriate touch of the private parts was not allowed by most children too.
Conclusion
Most pre-school girl children had no proper knowledge and attitude about the sexual abuse prevention, indicating highlights shortcomings in prevention educations at different levels of society.
Article Type:
Research/Original Article
Language:
Persian
Published:
Journal of Gorgan University of Medical Sciences, Volume:21 Issue: 3, 2019
Pages:
113 - 119
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