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NCJ Number: 161803 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
Author(s): K Kuehnle
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 388
Sponsoring Agency: Professional Resource Press
Sarasota, FL 34277
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56887-009-4
Sale Source: Professional Resource Press
P.O. Box 15560
Sarasota, FL 34277
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents empirical information on what is known and unknown about evaluating child sexual abuse allegations with preschool and latency-aged children; it summarizes how children respond to sexual abuse and how they respond during sexual abuse evaluations.
Abstract: The book's intent is to assist professionals in the use of valid techniques that will enable the evaluator to provide the courts with accurate information. The first chapter discusses the sources of commonly cited child abuse statistics and the methodological problems that confound these statistics. Chapter 2 addresses the role of the mental health professional in evaluations of child sexual abuse allegations, followed by a chapter that reviews normative behavior throughout childhood and one that discusses the development of children's memory and their susceptibility to memory alterations. Three chapters review evaluation models, specific interview techniques, and the empirically derived criteria used to assess the veracity of a child's statements of sexual abuse. Another chapter reviews both normative and comparative studies on the most common prop, the anatomical dolls. A chapter discusses standardized observation systems, behavior rating scales, and projective assessment tools for evaluating child sexual abuse. The concluding chapter presents a case study of an allegation of child sexual abuse to show the assessment process described in the preceding chapters. 418 references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews
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