- Volume 33 Issue 5
Using a nonclinical sample of 566 female students, this study examines the frequency and the severity of child sexual abuse in Taegu area. It also analyzes the factors that determine the probability of experiencing both contact and noncontact forms of the abuse. The results show that children from low socio-economic status tend to experience severe types of contact abuse while children from higher socio-economic status ten to experience severe types of contact abuse while children from higher socio-economic status are likely to be exposed to noncontact abuse. The growing place in the childhood also affects the victimization to noncontact and contact abuse differently. The absence of the biological parents significantly contributes to the occurrence of contact abuse, but have no impact on the noncontact abuse. However, the closeness of the family members and frequent communication reduce the rates of both contact and noncontact abuse substantially.