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Fear of child sex abuse: Consequences for childcare personnel in Denmark

Fear of child sex abuse: Consequences for childcare personnel in Denmark Case reports indicate that fear of child sex abuse (CSA) – in the media and among laypeople called “paedophilia” – is emerging in Denmark. In this study, the hypothesis that the fear of CSA has consequences for childcare personnel, in general, and for male personnel especially is investigated. In spring 2010, we made a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of staff in childcare institutions and a randomly selected non-matched control group of citizens outside childcare institutions, aged between 18 and 70 years. All groups were asked about their thoughts about the risk of being accused of “paedophilia”, about their suspicions against others and whether they had changed their behaviour towards children. The childcare staff were also asked whether they had considered leaving their profession. The results show a current tendency of shift to a suspicious perception of men and to an increasingly distant attitude towards children among both the childcare professionals and the control group. This suggests that the fear of CSA in Danish society has consequences for the professional care of children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Psychology Taylor & Francis

Fear of child sex abuse: Consequences for childcare personnel in Denmark

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Fear of child sex abuse: Consequences for childcare personnel in Denmark

Abstract

Case reports indicate that fear of child sex abuse (CSA) – in the media and among laypeople called “paedophilia” – is emerging in Denmark. In this study, the hypothesis that the fear of CSA has consequences for childcare personnel, in general, and for male personnel especially is investigated. In spring 2010, we made a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of staff in childcare institutions and a randomly selected non-matched control group of citizens...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright The Editors of Nordic Psychology
ISSN
1904-0016
eISSN
1901-2276
DOI
10.1080/19012276.2013.796081
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Abstract

Case reports indicate that fear of child sex abuse (CSA) – in the media and among laypeople called “paedophilia” – is emerging in Denmark. In this study, the hypothesis that the fear of CSA has consequences for childcare personnel, in general, and for male personnel especially is investigated. In spring 2010, we made a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of staff in childcare institutions and a randomly selected non-matched control group of citizens outside childcare institutions, aged between 18 and 70 years. All groups were asked about their thoughts about the risk of being accused of “paedophilia”, about their suspicions against others and whether they had changed their behaviour towards children. The childcare staff were also asked whether they had considered leaving their profession. The results show a current tendency of shift to a suspicious perception of men and to an increasingly distant attitude towards children among both the childcare professionals and the control group. This suggests that the fear of CSA in Danish society has consequences for the professional care of children.

Journal

Nordic PsychologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2013

Keywords: paedophilia; fear of paedophilia; child sex abuse; childcare; behavioural changes; childcare professional

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