Screening and Stigma: Lack of Male Representation in Childhood Sexual Abuse Research and Literature
The purpose of this study is to explore available screening tools for assessing male childhood sexual abuse. This form of abuse is a problem that is often underreported. Males disclose less often than females because of the stigma associated with being a sexual abuse victim and questioning their own sexual orientation. Nine different screening instruments from child welfare, medical, and clinical settings were analyzed and prevention efforts within public schools are also discussed. There is a lack of literature specific to male sexual abuse victims, and what is available is severely outdated. This study is a thorough literature review of screening tools for male sexual abuse victims. The findings of this assessment show that there are zero screening tools that have been developed specifically to screen males for sexual abuse. Suggestions for improving existing tools to screen for sexual abuse in males are identified and discussed as needed. Prevention efforts within school settings are stressed, as this is where children spend most of their time and are most likely to disclose.
Beverly Lovett (Thesis Director)
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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.
Preston, Dylan. (2016). Screening and Stigma: Lack of Male Representation in Childhood Sexual Abuse Research and Literature. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 144. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/144
Copyright © 2016 Dylan Preston