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Legal Psychology at Åbo Akademi

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How do children disclose physical abuse?

The study explores the characteristics of child physical abuse disclosures. The overall disclosure rate of child physical abuse was 74 %, but only 42 % had disclosed to adults and only 12 % had reported to authorities. The strongest factors predicting disclosure to an adult are younger age, female gender, no previous experiences of child physical abuse and parents knowing who their child spends his/her spare time with.

Hanna-Mari Lahtinen, Aarno Laitila, Julia Korkman, Noora Ellonen & Kirsi Honkalampi

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