Explaining the effects of child sexual abuse: A behavior analytic conceptualization

Kurt A. Freeman, Tracy L. Morris

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In the last two decades, several authors have proposed conceptual models to explain the adverse effects of child sexual abuse (CSA). Although conceptual models have been proposed from broadly behavioral perspectives (e.g., cognitive behavioral), as yet there is no comprehensive behavior analytic conceptualization of the effect of CSA. In this article, the behavior analytic mechanisms used to explain the development and maintenance of behavior are described, with specific reference to how the mechanisms provide a comprehensive means of accounting for adverse reactions following CSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Development
  • Functional
  • Learning
  • Long-term
  • Short-term
  • Theoretical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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