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Title: Institutional Understanding and Response to Male Child Sexual Abuse: Implications for
Authors: Liya, Woldemichael
Advisors: Wassie Kebede (MSW, PhD)
Copyright: Jun-2011
Date Added: 3-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Child sexual abuse in general and sexual abuse of boys in particular is getting little attention in Ethiopia. There are a limited number of studies in the country on the prevalence, impact and community level understanding of the problem. These studies have not actually touched upon institutional level understanding about and response to the problem. The understanding of the institutions that have a stake in addressing the problem has important implications on the psychosocial support that is provided to the victims and their families. In this study, I tried to explore the understanding of different institutions about the problem and their response using a qualitative research design. I employ interviews and focus group discussions to collect data as well as coding and thematic analysis to analyze the data. Twenty-five respondents representing four governmental, five religious, one community-based and two nongovernmental institutions participated in the study. The institutions have different levels of understanding about the problem and its impacts. They have developed some encouraging interventions to address the problem though they lack coordination and a leading organization. Under-staffing is an important constraint affecting their response. Besides, there is very limited partnership among the institutions. The findings of the study indicate that it is possible to build on the initiatives so as to enhance their effectiveness to address the problem. I suggested recommendations based on my findings and discussed their implications on the integrated psychosocial support of victims and their families, social work education and practice, policy development and future
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3610
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