This book represents a significant contribution to the highly contested debate surrounding how allegations of child sexual abuse should be evaluated. Despite decades of substantial research in this sensitive area, professional consensus remains elusive. A particular source of contention is the sensitivity vs. specificity debate; whether evaluators should give priority to reducing the number of true allegations that are labelled false or to reducing the number of false allegations that are labelled true.
This edited collection aims to address directly and offer new insights into this debate. It responds directly to Kuehnle and Connell's edited volume, The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment and Testimony (2009), which included chapters which advocated strong specificity positions at the expense of sensitivity. The chapters in this collection feature both challenges to, and replies by, the authors in Kuehnle and Connell's book, making this an essential resource that moves the debate forward.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
The new "Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide" will serve as both a key reference for primary care pediatricians as well as pediatricians who are focusing their clinical work on child maltreatment and in particular sexual victimization. The book will walk the clinician through formulation of a diagnosis, differential and diagnostic dilemmas, how to formulate conclusions, and the nuances of documentation.
A child survives being sexually abused for 7 years by a 4 time convicted sex offender. William ,(the author & survivor), gives insight on being sexually abused as a child, the aftermath, and positive thoughts and advice to other survivors on how to live a positive,healthy life now.
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Medical Response to Child Sexual Abuse: A Resource for Clinicians and Other Professionals was specifically developed to provide the necessary information for equipping clinicians, nurses, and other medical professionals with the essential tools for navigating the vexing territory of child sexual abuse. The sexual mistreatment of children remains a difficult and often disturbing challenge for medical providers. In addition to the rapidly expanding and often counterintuitive research on genital injury and healing, clinicans are also faced with complex and frequently painful emotional issues, a need to work productively and openly with nonmedical interdisciplinary team members, and the possibility of being called to provide testimony in the uncomfortable and sometimes adversarial courtroom.
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