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“How useful and applicable is the program The Underwear Rule for Greek parents? Parents' perspectives on the advantages and problems with the program: an interview study”
Linköping University, The Tema Institute. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Child sexual abuse is a burning issue raising concern because of the statistics which indicate that one in five children are victims of some kind of abuse. The protective program, the “Underwear Rule” was launched by the European Council in order to inform and equip parents, caregivers and children towards this sensitive issue. The program is addressed to all European countries in the exact same form and content, with only differentiation the language. This study tries to examine theoretically and empirically the applicability of the “Underwear Rule” to Greek parents, in the sense that each country has its own cultural background and cast of mind, which differentiate the acceptance and the applicability of the Rule. This relates mainly to prior research of Kirana exploring Greek parents’ perspective towards sexual education, as well to Babatsiko’s research about developing national protective programs corresponding to local and cultural demands. An interview study has been carried out, focusing on parents’ point of view about the Underwear Rule. The analysis is based on the subjective experiences and thoughts of seven parents whose children are in the age-target group covered by the Underwear Rule. The parents’ interviews have been analyzed thematically. Overall this study argues that The Underwear Rule is a good protective program, but parents would like improvements and enrichment in order the burning topic of child sexual abuse to be covered more effectively

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Qualitative research, Underwear rule, Greece, Semi-structured interviews, Parents’ perspectives
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119523ISRN: LIU-TEMAB/MPCS-A--15/007—SEOAI: diva2:824057
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Master's Programme in Child Studies (120 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-06-19 Last updated: 2015-11-03Bibliographically approved

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