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

Marije Stoltenborgh, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Eveline M. Euser, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-101
Number of pages23
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • adult retrospective reports
  • child sexual abuse
  • community samples
  • cultural/ethnic issues
  • epidemiology
  • gender/sex differences

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