Severe interpersonal violence against children in sport: Associated mental health problems and quality of life in adulthood

Tine Vertommena, Jarl Kampenc, Nicolette Schipper-van Veldhovene, Kasia Uzieblob, Filip Van Den Eedea

Recently, the disclosure of several high-profile cases of child sexual abuse in elite sport around the globe have drawn renewed public attention to the sport setting as a conducive context for violence against children. Indeed, the hierarchical structure of sports, the bodily contact, the male-dominated gender ratio, the authoritarian leadership, and existing reward structures can create an receptive climate in which violence against and among athletes can arise and persist.

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