Demystification of the sexual abuse investigation process: evaluation of a preparatory videotape for primary caregivers

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dc.contributor.advisor Seymour, Fred en Meiklejohn, Michelle en 2007-07-19T08:11:47Z en 2007-07-19T08:11:47Z en 2003 en
dc.identifier THESIS 03-309 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Clinical Psychology)--University of Auckland, 2003 en
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dc.description.abstract Primary caregivers whose children disclose being sexually abused play a central role in supporting their children and moderating both the short-term and long-term effects of abuse. In order to provide such essential support, primary caregivers themselves need to be given direct support and assistance by professionals, especially in the early stages following their child's disclosure. Provision of information is considered an important part of support. The present study investigated the effectiveness of a videotape presentation containing information about the sexual abuse investigation process in Auckland, New Zealand. The videotape described the processes of the social work investigation, evidential interview, medical examination, police investigation, and counselling, and briefly presented the personal experiences of some primary caregivers. Two groups of primary caregivers were interviewed: those who viewed the videotape (n=11) and those who did not (n=12). Allocation to the two groups was according to place of residence. Statistical analyses of the interview and questionnaire data after the videotape presentation revealed no significant differences between the two groups regarding level of knowledge or satisfaction with the process. However, primary caregivers who viewed the videotape experienced significantly lower levels of stress than primary caregivers who did not view the videotape. Qualitative data from primary caregivers who viewed the videotape revealed that the videotape increased primary caregivers' confidence in their knowledge, ability to support their child, and reduced their sense of isolation. The findings support the need to consider innovative ways of improving the provision of information within a context of general support and assistance to primary caregivers, their children, and the family as a whole. Recommendations are presented to improve service delivery. en
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dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99116725114002091 en
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dc.title Demystification of the sexual abuse investigation process: evaluation of a preparatory videotape for primary caregivers en
dc.type Thesis en Clinical Psychology en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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