Research Goals

Primary goals for Radius’ research with children and youth referred following physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and other potentially traumatic experiences is to understand their needs, characteristics and potential long-term impacts and outcomes.

Current Projects

Project title: Identifying victims at risk for trauma symptoms

Date: 2017 ongoing

Investigators: T. Curwen & N. Billington [5] , [6]

Abstract/Methodology: Though trauma symptoms are known to be experienced by many child and adolescent victims of abuse, they are not necessarily an inevitable outcome. The purpose of this project is to identify the abuse, personal, and familial characteristics that may increase or have a relationship with trauma symptoms. Early identification of victims at risk for trauma symptomatology will assist in determining intervention needs and supports and possibly preventing or reducing the likelihood of severe trauma symptomatology.

[4] Collaboration between Radius and other institutions
[5] Projects involving students
[6] Pithers, XXXX; Kendal-Tackett, 20XX

Project title: Characteristics of Victims who later engage in
concerning sexual behaviours

Date: 2014 ongoing

Investigator: T. Curwen [4] , [5]

Abstract/Methodology: Though most child victims of sexual abuse do not subsequently engage in concerning sexual behaviours, evidence indicates that up to 30% do. [6] The purpose of this study is to identify characteristics that differ and are similar between child abuse victims with and without a history of concerning sexual behaviours against others. Having knowledge of factors that may contribute to victims later engaging in CSBs will benefit early identification and prevention initiatives.

Documentation/Manuals

Community Response Protocol for Children and Youth with Traumatic Experiences

Authors: S. Schuler, D. Costin, & T. Curwen
Expected completion: 2018

Description: This document includes a review of evidence and best-practices in responding to children and youth who experienced sexual abuse. A primary focus of this protocol is a systematic guide to responding to disclosures of sexual abuse.

Presentations

Billington, N. & Curwen, T. (2017, February). Why do some victims experience trauma, concerning sexual behaviour, both, or neither? Poster presented at the Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Zidenberg, A. & Curwen, T. (2017, February). Family factors that differentiate sexual abuse victims with and without concerning sexual behaviour. Poster presented at the Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

CHILD ABUSE AFFECTS US ALL. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.