Kelley Simmons Jones, Psy.D., is a 2014 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle

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Mary Wieneke, PhD, Committee Chair
Melissa Kennedy, PhD, Committee Member
William Luecke, PhD, Committee Member


Childhood Sexual Behavior, Child Sexual Behavior Problems, Complex Trauma, Children, Families, Clinical Assessment, Assessment Model, Developmental Theory, Social Construction, Qualitative Analysis, Thematic Analysis, Theoretical and Conceptual Research

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This qualitative, theoretical review and analysis of extant literature explored the sociocultural influences effecting conceptualization of childhood sexual behavior problems. Themes emerged from analysis of peer-reviewed journals that illustrated the complex, multidimensional, and ecological factors influencing child sexual development and problematic sexual behavior. These included major themes of Child Sexuality: Ecological Context, Developmental Context, Complex Trauma, and Ecological Interventions. Specific factors associated with childhood sexual behavior problems included trauma, domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, psychological and emotional distress, impaired attachment, and the effects of diverse ecological systems such as the family, parents, and sociocultural influences of the greater community. Analysis culminated with an enhanced conceptualization of childhood sexual behavior named Ecological Developmental View. This conceptual model, integrated within the framework of ecological theory, evolved into an innovative approach of clinical assessment for childhood sexual behaviors applicable in outpatient clinical settings. The model, Integrated Developmental Ecological Assessment Approach (IDEAA), recognized the significance of the developing child influenced within the ecological contexts of the child, family, social, and community environments. The IDEAA model intends to help professionals and adults to address concerns related to childhood sexual behavior from an ecological perspective that will enhance and benefit outcomes for children, parents, families, and communities. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center,


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