VISTAS Counseling Children and Adolescents

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Child Sexual Abuse and Rural Areas

Courtney Evans-Thompson, Michael Brooks, and Samantha J. Green


Rural  populations  have  certain  characteristics  and  cultural  patterns  requiring sensitivity  and  understanding.  This  study  examined  child  sexual  abuse  in  one rural community by surveying parents of children who were brought into a child advocacy center in a rural county in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Several  factors  were  found  that  might  have  impacted  the  experience  of  child sexual  abuse  in  this  rural  community.  This  research  provides  information  to better inform professionals working with child sexual abuse in rural areas.

Keywords: children and adolescents, sexual abuse, trauma, rural, mental health

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