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Child Maltreat. 2011 May;16(2):79-101. doi: 10.1177/1077559511403920. Epub 2011 Apr 21.

A global perspective on child sexual abuse: meta-analysis of prevalence around the world.

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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.

PMID:
21511741
DOI:
10.1177/1077559511403920
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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