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NCJ Number: 194443 Find in a Library
Title: (Mis) Representations of the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Courts
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:9  Issue:3/4  Dated:2001  Pages:79-107
Author(s): Daniel Brown
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 29
Type: Research Paper
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this article the author reviewed expert witness testimonial transcripts to develop an overview of pro-false memory expert witnesses concerning the long-term effects of child sexual abuse.
Abstract: Based on a review of deposition and trial transcripts from over 50 pro-false memory expert witnesses, the author developed an overview of the tenants of the pro-false memory movement regarding the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. These propositions include: 1) the denial of a causal relationship between childhood sexual abuse and adult psychopathology; 2) evidence of the abuse is insufficient; 3) child sexual abuse does not have a causal relationship to trauma-related psychological disorders; 4) events and factors other than child sexual abuse explain the adult psychopathology exhibited by purported child sexual abuse victims; and 5) the long-term effects of child sexual abuse are general and non-specific. The expansion of civil action involving child sexual abuse is also discussed. In addition the role of proof of a causal connection between child sexual abuse and specified adult psychological problems in court actions is explored. A comparison of witness testimony and scientific literature is presented. Variables impacting the prevalence of psychological disturbances among victims such as neglect and family dysfunction are also discussed. 1 table, 1 note, 58 references.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Expert witnesses; Legal research; Psychiatric testimony; Psychological research; Testimony
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