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NCJ Number: 217883 
Title: Assessment and Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse: A Forensic Social Work Perspective (From Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings, Third Edition, P 211-236, 2007, Albert R. Roberts and David W. Springer, eds. -- See NCJ-217866)
Author(s): Jennifer Becker; Barbara Thomlison
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the role of the forensic social worker in assessment and intervention for cases of child sexual abuse.
Abstract: The chapter notes the importance of education and training for frontline providers in how to conduct investigations, assessments, and evidence-based interventions. In summarizing evidence-based practice points, the authors advise that cognitive-behavioral interventions are effective in reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in victims of child sexual abuse, as well as other negative effects. They also advise that interventions should provide a comprehensive strategy for dealing with multiple family problems in addition to the sexual abuse of a child, including domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, marital problems, and poor communication. The chapter identifies and examines issues and trends in child sexual abuse and reviews the impact of child sexual abuse and the process of disclosure. The roles of the criminal justice system and child protection services in the management of child sexual abuse cases are discussed, with attention to empirically based forensic assessment and intervention strategies. Other features of child sexual abuse cases addressed are interviewing protocols and standardized scales, multidisciplinary teams, child advocacy centers, court involvement, victim advocacy, and involving the nonoffending parent in treatment. Two case studies are provided. 3 tables, 97 references, and a resource guide for practitioners
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Assessment (child health and welfare); Case studies; Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile treatment methods; Long term health effects of child abuse; Psychological victimization effects; Social work; Social worker casework; Social worker training; Social workers
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