A SOCIAL-EXCHANGE EXPLANATION FOR THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ACCOMMODATION SYNDROME

Authors
Citation
Ed. Leonard, A SOCIAL-EXCHANGE EXPLANATION FOR THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ACCOMMODATION SYNDROME, Journal of interpersonal violence, 11(1), 1996, pp. 107-117
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Family Studies","Criminology & Penology
ISSN journal
0886-2605
Volume
11
Issue
1
Year of publication
1996
Pages
107 - 117
Database
ISI
SICI code
0886-2605(1996)11:1<107:ASEFTC>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
Social exchange framework is applied to Summit's Child Sexual Abuse Ac commodation Syndrome, which describes a common pattern of interaction and response among child victims of sexual abuse, their caretakers, an d the adult offenders. Using the principles of cost and rewards, an an alysis is made of the five components of the syndrome: (a) secrecy; (b ) helplessness; (c) entrapment and accommodation; (d) delayed, conflic ted and unconvincing disclosure; and (e) retraction Exchange principle s show that all components reflect the feast unprofitable of the limit ed options perceived by victims. Analysis of the syndrome demonstrates the applicability of the exchange perspective for this aspect of chil d sexual abuse and encourages its use with other aspects of family vio lence.