Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.
Chapter 3: Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Over the years, the pendulum has swung from the theory that children's accounts of sexual abuse are products of fantasy to the notion that whatever children said about abuse is true and should be believed. As professionals, we have been taught to examine our personal feelings about the sexual abuse of children. It was thought that unconscious forces, in part, prevented health professionals from detecting abuse. We did not want to admit that parents could do such horrible things to their children. Through the attention given to sexual abuse and the protection of children, in the media, in child abuse prevention programs, and in our graduate studies, the world has become acutely aware of abuse and ...