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NCJ Number: 120352 Find in a Library
Title: Countertransference and Failure to Report Child Abuse and Neglect
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:515-522
Author(s): J Pollak; S Levy
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Though every State has laws requiring the report of suspected child abuse and neglect, failure to report remains a significant problem.
Abstract: Review of previous research on failure to report suggests that the reporters' anxieties about disrupting their relationship with the child's family as well as the reporters' gender, experience, and training affect willingness to report. Countertransference fear, guilt, shame, and sympathy are discussed as a basis for understanding the reporter's anxieties. Countertransference issues should be addressed in the training and ongoing practice of mandated reporters by teaching professionals about how countertransference reactions may arise during the reporting process, identifying a community child abuse expert for consultation, and educating child protection workers about psychodynamics aspects of case management. 22 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Childcare worker casework
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