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It is probably a safe assumption that most people dealing with the problem of child sexual abuse neglect the importance of sociocultural factors. Many of us have a tendency to treat all cases of child sexual abuse as though every person came from the same socioeconomic and cultural background. The background that we use as our standard is most often the socioeconomic and cultural background with which we are most familiar, which is usually our own background. This ethnocentric bias causes us to overlook the fact that people with divergent sociocultural backgrounds differ in their sexual beliefs, values, practices, and restrictions.
Anthropologists studying the sexuality of different cultures throughout the world agree that some restrictions, such as the incest taboo, exist to a certain extent in all societies. However, the degree to which different cultures permit or encourage sexual activity varies greatly. A sexual act that is encouraged in some societies may be considered criminal in others. For instance, the Muria tribe described by Currier (1981) encourage their children to engage in a multitude of sexual activities, including sexual intercourse. Similar behavior in the United States would be interpreted as contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Rosenfeld (1977) describes another ex ample of this cross cultural diversity.
Finnish families have traditionally taken saunas together so that nudity in the family is both usual and not sexually provocative. An English family doing the same thing with a school aged child or adolescent would probably be overstimulating to the child (and to the adults) since nudity is sexual in that culture. What is acceptable behavior among the Trobriand Islanders would horrify the Amish.
Understanding sociocultural diversity is especially important in the United States because of the multitude of sociocultural groups within it. In a culturally pluralistic society like the United States, many subcultures are embedded within a larger dominant society. These subcultures are differentially affected by the values of the larger society and by social stratification. Different sociocultural groups interpret, express, and incorporate standards of appropriate sexuality in varying ways. As pointed out by Sanford (1980), people from Afro American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and other backgrounds have unique needs because of the diverse ways in which sexuality is incorporated within each subculture.
Given this sociocultural pluralism, it behooves us to consider the sociocultural issues surrounding the problem of child sexual abuse. The remainder of this chapter examines these sociocultural issues, first from a research perspective and then from a conceptual and clinical perspective. (see SOCIOCULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PART II)
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- Sociocultural Considerations In Child Sexual Abuse Part V
- Being Aware Of Prejudicial Practices Within The System
- Sociocultural Considerations In Child Sexual Abuse Part II
- Sociocultural Considerations In Child Sexual Abuse Part III
- Assessing The Client's Perception Of Sexuality