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J Child Sex Abus. 2016 Aug-Sep;25(6):686-96. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2016.1199079.

Knowledge and Skills of Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Study on School-Aged Children in Beijing, China.

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a Institute of Child and Adolescent Heath, School of Public Health, Peking University , Beijing , China.


To examine the level of child sexual abuse prevention knowledge and skills in a sample of school-aged children, a total of 559 children from first to fifth grade were recruited from one primary school in Beijing, China. Participants were asked to finish a questionnaire surveying their knowledge and skills of child sexual abuse prevention. Results showed that accurate rate of knowledge on child sexual abuse prevention were between 44.0% and 80.0%. Percentage of participants having applied the self-protection skills of "saying 'no,'" "going away," and "telling adults" properly in hypothetical situations was 57.4%, 28.3%, and 48.3%, respectively. Third-to-fifth graders had a better performance than first-to-second graders, and girls performed better than boys. Findings suggest that Chinese school-aged children are in need of knowledge and skills related to child sexual abuse prevention, and education programs should be developed as soon as possible.


Child sexual abuse; China; knowledge; prevention; school-aged children

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