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Designed for professionals in the field of child maltreatment, this authoritative book presents a compelling theoretical framework that guide’s assessment of children and adolescents who have been sexually abused and their parents. The book is designed to make it easier for clinicians to select a number of measures or procedures across three dimensions that have considerable clinical relevance – attachment, dysregulations, and self-perception. Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families features in particular the assessment of sexually aggressive children and an extensive set of interview formats, checklists, and other forms that clinicians will find especially useful in evaluating children and their families. The book is also richly illustrated with case studies.  

Chapter 10: The Language of Distress: The Role of Ongoing Assessment in Understanding True and False Allegations of Sexual Abuse

The Language of Distress: The Role of Ongoing Assessment in Understanding True and False Allegations of Sexual Abuse
The language of distress: The role of ongoing assessment in understanding true and false allegations of sexual abuse
W. HobartDavies
Molly MurphyGarwood
Anita R.O'Conor
AngelaCarron

The following case illustrates the value of carefully assessing the interconnected areas of attachment, dysregulation, and self-perception (Friedrich, 1990, 1995a, 1996b), and particularly the synergy that can be created between this psychological assessment and the process of forensic investigation of child sexual abuse. The girl whose case is presented here appeared with allegations of new sexual assaults on several occasions; one was believed to be accurate, two were eventually admitted to be fabricated, and one could not be determined. She had obviously learned that making allegations ...

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