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The Construct of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse: Conceptual and Measurement Issues

The Construct of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse: Conceptual and Measurement Issues There have been claims that some child molesters engage in a “seduction stage” prior to committing abuse. These behaviors, commonly known as “grooming,” are understood as methods child molesters use to gain access to and prepare future victims to be compliant with abuse. However, there is a lack of consensus regarding exactly what this process entails and how it is clearly distinguished from normal adult–child interactions. It is important to devise an accurate definition of grooming for scientific, clinical, and forensic purposes. We critically evaluate the various definitions and reveal problematic heterogeneity. Furthermore, there are no methods of known psychometrics to validly assess grooming. We review the empirical literature regarding the occurrence of grooming and propose future directions for research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Child Sexual Abuse Taylor & Francis

The Construct of Grooming in Child Sexual Abuse: Conceptual and Measurement Issues

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1547-0679
eISSN
1053-8712
DOI
10.1080/10538712.2014.960632
pmid
25258355
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Abstract

There have been claims that some child molesters engage in a “seduction stage” prior to committing abuse. These behaviors, commonly known as “grooming,” are understood as methods child molesters use to gain access to and prepare future victims to be compliant with abuse. However, there is a lack of consensus regarding exactly what this process entails and how it is clearly distinguished from normal adult–child interactions. It is important to devise an accurate definition of grooming for scientific, clinical, and forensic purposes. We critically evaluate the various definitions and reveal problematic heterogeneity. Furthermore, there are no methods of known psychometrics to validly assess grooming. We review the empirical literature regarding the occurrence of grooming and propose future directions for research.

Journal

Journal Of Child Sexual AbuseTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 17, 2014

Keywords: grooming; child sexual abuse; measurement

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