Child Abuse

By: Putnam, Frank W

This review of child abuse research finds that the presence of a stepfather in the home doubles the risk of girls in the home being sexually abused, whether by the stepfather or by another male before the stepfather arrives. Extended maternal absence is also a risk factor for sexual abuse.

Ten-year research update review: Child sexual abuse. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (3): 269-78.