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Action research improves services for child sexual abuse in one Caribbean nation: An example of good practice.

  • Academic Journal
  • Reid SD; Psychiatry Unit, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Electronic address:
    Reddock R; Institute of Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
    Nickenig T; Institute of Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Child abuse & neglect [Child Abuse Negl] 2019 Feb; Vol. 88, pp. 225-234. Date of Electronic Publication: 2018 Dec 08.
  • English
  • Background: Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a multi-dimensional problem. The search for best practice must consider the complexities surrounding CSA and its management in any particular society.
    Objective: Data previously gathered from service providers on CSA service provision in Trinidad and Tobago identified key deficient issues in policy and practice. In this paper, researchers aimed to bridge the gaps identified, and effect changes to improve services for CSA using an action research methodology.
    Participants and Setting: Service providers from all sectors in governmental and non-governmental organizations in Trinidad and Tobago, who work with children at risk of CSA were involved in the process.
    Methods: Researchers led the service providers into an awareness of their own practice through critical discussion of, and reflection on, the key deficient issues. The new knowledge generated, with guided input from evidenced-based best practice, led to the development of guidelines for management. Discussion of the practicability of the guidelines by service providers in multiple sectors generated more new knowledge that refined the management approach.
    Results: The contextual knowledge obtained from service providers resulted in best practice guidelines for service providers that were culturally relevant and context-sensitive, adaptive and implementable, and allowed a seamless multidisciplinary response to CSA in Trinidad and Tobago within prevailing constraints.
    Conclusions: Action research offers an effective approach to improve services for CSA through mobilization of service providers and changes in policy and practice. It is applicable in any setting and likely to be effective in any socio-cultural context.
    (Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.)
Additional Information
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc Country of Publication: England NLM ID: 7801702 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1873-7757 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 01452134 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Child Abuse Negl Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Oxford : Elsevier Science Inc
Original Publication: Oxford, Elmsford, N. Y., Pergamon Press.
Keywords: Action research; Caribbean; Child sexual abuse; HIV; Legislative change; Service provision; Trinidad and Tobago
Date Created: 20181212 Date Completed: 20200217 Latest Revision: 20200217