British Journal of Psychiatry 2001; 179:482-494
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M.Glasser, I. Kolvin, D. Campbell, A. Glasser, I. Leithch, S. Farrelly, "Cycle of child sexual abuse: links between being a victim and becoming a perpetrator", British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 179, pp. 482-494, (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2001).
There is a widespread belief among professionals working in the field that in boys there is a causal link between involvement in sexual activities with an older person and subsequently becoming an adult perpetrator of child sexual abuse. However, there is little empirical research evidence for this belief. Hence, it is of considerable social, clinical and theoretical importance to ascertain to what extent perpetrators of sexual abuse have themselves been victims; also, if there is a link, to explore the under- lying psychodynamics.