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NCJ Number: 118995 Find in a Library
Title: Psychology's Responsibility in False Accusations of Child Abuse
Journal: Journal of Clinical Psychology  Volume:44  Issue:6  Dated:(November 1988)  Pages:1000-1004
Author(s): R L Emans
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Each year, there are persons who go to jail and lose their life savings, their homes, their reputations, and their jobs because social workers, psychologists, prosecutors, jurors, and judges believe what young children tell them about having been sexually molested.
Abstract: Techniques often associated with psychological science play a prominent part in the process that results in many of the false accusations. The psychological profession's inability, or unwillingness, to speak out against the misuse of unscientifically based instruments in child abuse may be a partial reason why portions of the public may question the value of psychology. 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting
Index Term(s): False evidence; Psychologists role in criminal justice
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