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This study is based on secondary analysis of data collected in the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 1998. The 1998 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-98) is the first national study to document maternal response in cases of child sexual abuse (CSA). CIS-98 data confirmed that the majority of non-perpetrating mothers demonstrated an appropriate protective and supportive response to their child's disclosure of sexual abuse. Hierarchical logistic regression analyses were conducted for two outcomes; negative maternal response and presence of emotional harm among children as documented by the investigating child welfare worker. The primary purpose of this study is to: Examine the relationship between CSA characteristics (e.g. type of CSA, duration of CSA, use of force, child’s relationship to the perpetrator) and negative maternal response. Examine the association between maternal characteristics (e.g. mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence) and negative maternal response. Assess the relationship between negative maternal response and the development of emotional harm among sexually victimized children. Determine the relationship between environmental characteristics (e.g. household structure) and children’s emotional harm, independent of the effects of maternal response.

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