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Child Sexual Abuse

  1. Kathryn Kuehnle

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0171

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Kuehnle, K. 2010. Child Sexual Abuse. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of South Florida

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Child sexual abuse (CSA) is defined as the involvement of a child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator, including contacts for sexual purposes, prostitution, pornography, and other sexually exploitive activities. CSA allegations are addressed in a variety of psycholegal contexts, including, but not limited to, child custody evaluations in a family court, child protection proceedings in dependency court, personal injury cases in civil proceedings, and prosecution of legal charges in criminal and military courts. Few areas of psychological evaluation involve such a variety of complex evaluation issues and potentially serious consequences for faulty conclusions.


  • sexual abuse;
  • child prostitution