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Enfermería Global

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Abstract

MORILLO, B; MONTERO, L.  and  COLMENARES, Z.. Parental Knowledge in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.25, pp.1-7. ISSN 1695-6141.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1695-61412012000100001.

Child sexual abuse occurs mostly within the family, i.e. the parents, uncles, brothers, stepfathers, who prey on the innocence of youth, a situation that impacts greatly on the child's life. This study was aimed at determining the level of knowledge parents have in relation to Child Sexual Abuse. A cross-sectional, non experimentan descriptive field study was made. The population consisted of 80 mothers of school age children from the Mara Hill II sector, Moron, Carabobo State. The sample consisted of 25% of the population surveyed, i.e. 19 mothers. Data collection was obtained through a questionnaire with 19 items of dichotomous response options (YES-NO), and was validated by expert opinion. The confidence coefficient was 0.79 according to the Crombach alpha. Analysis of the results concluded that 50% of the parents surveyed do not talk to their children about the situation, when talkimg is a vital method of preventing child sexual abuse. It is, theregore, of great importance implement educational strategies for prevention of child sexual abuse and so help to combat this social scourge.

Keywords : child abuse; child sexual abuse; prevention.

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