Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Dr. C. Thresa Yancey
Adult perceptions greatly affect children, especially those most in need of help (e.g., children with sexual abuse histories (CSA); children with disabilities). It is important to examine how these perceptions can shape children’s lives. This study investigated adults’ perceptions to further understand views of children with CSA and disabilities. Children with histories of disabilities, compared to CSA or “normal” backgrounds, were perceived as having more externalizing behaviors. Children labeled with CSA were perceived to have more internalizing symptoms (compared to both “disabled” and “normal” and less competence (compared to “normal”). Further results are discussed.
Harp, Asha L., "Adults’ Perceptions of Children: Expectations of Children with Disabilities and History of Sexual Abuse" (2022). Honors College Theses. 707.