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Sh-h-h-h : representations of perpetrators of sexual child abuse in picturebooks

By Jo Lampert

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Children’s picturebooks dealing with the topic of child sexual abuse first appeared in the early 1980s with the aim of addressing the need for age-appropriate texts to teach sexual abuse prevention concepts and to provide support for young children who may be at risk of or have already experienced sexual abuse. Despite the apparent potential of children’s picturebooks to convey child sexual abuse prevention concepts, very few studies have addressed the topic of child sexual abuse in children’s literature. Based on a larger study of 60 picturebooks about sexual child abuse published over the past 25 years, this paper critically examines eight picturebook representations of the perpetrators of sexual child abuse as a way to understand how potentially dangerous adults are explained to the young readers of these texts

Topics: 139900 OTHER EDUCATION, picturebooks, sexual child abuse
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14681811.2011.609048
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:46565

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