Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial

Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial

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Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial

This volume provides the first rigorous assessment of the research relating to the disclosure of childhood sexual abuse, along with the practical and policy implications of the findings. Leading researchers and practitioners from diverse and international backgrounds offer critical commentary on these previously unpublished findings gathered from both field and laboratory research. Cross-cultural, clinical, and multi-disciplinary perspectives are provided. The goal is to learn more about why children frequently remain silent about their abuse, deny it, or if they do disclose, do so belatedly and incompletely, often recanting their allegations over time.

The book opens with a close examination of the existing literature on disclosure and the difficulties in conducting such research. It then examines the individual and contextual factors that determine whether, when, and how childhood sexual abuse is disclosed. This portion reviews how the interview techniques have a profound impact on disclosure patterns. Details of how reluctant children are interviewed are included. The third section examines the broader implications of disclosure for the child, family and peers, and for the suspect. Child Sexual Abuse examines how the interview strategies influence how, when, or if children disclose abuse, by examining both domestic and international data and by analyzing detailed interviews with children.

Child Sexual Abuse is for researchers and practitioners from child, forensic, and clinical psychology, social work, and all legal professionals who need to understand this crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805863178
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/16/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Seeking Resolution in the Disclosure Wars: An Overview   Margaret-Ellen Pipe   Michael E. Lamb   Yael Orbach   Ann-Christin Cederborg     1
Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of the Contemporary Empirical Literature   Kamala London   Maggie Bruck   Stephen J. Ceci   Daniel W. Shuman     11
False Denials: Overcoming Methodological Biases in Abuse Disclosure Research   Thomas D. Lyon     41
New Data and Perspectives on When and Why Children Fail to Disclose Abuse
Individual and Family Variables Associated with Disclosure and Nondisclosure of Child Abuse in Israel   Irit Hershkowitz   Dvora Horowitz   Michael E. Lamb     63
Factors Associated with Nondisclosure of Suspected Abuse During Forensic Interviews   Margaret-Ellen Pipe   Michael E. Lamb   Yael Orbach   Heather Stewart   Kathleen J. Sternberg   Phillip Esplin     77
Suspected Victims of Abuse Who do not Make Allegations: An Analysis of Their Interactions with Forensic Interviewers   Irit Hershkowitz   Yael Orbach   Michael E. Lamb   Kathleen J. Sternberg   Margaret-Ellen Pipe   Dvora Horowitz     97
Reluctant Disclosers of Child Sexual Abuse   Yael Orbach   Hana Shiloach   Michael E. Lamb     115
The Influence of Interviewer-Provided Social Support on Children's Suggestibility, Memory, and Disclosures   Bette L. Bottoms   Jodi A. Quas   Suzanne L. Davis     135
Delay of Disclosure, Minimization, and Denial of Abuse When the Evidence Is Unambiguous A Multivictim Case   Ann-Christin Cederborg   Michael E. Lamb   Ola Laurell     159
A Retrospective Study of Factors Affecting the Disclosure of Childhood Sexual and Physical Abuse   Bette L. Bottoms   Aaron G. Rudnicki   Michelle A. Epstein     175
Canadian Criminal Court Reports of Historic Child Sexual Abuse: Factors Associated with Delayed Prosecution and Reported Repression   Deborah A. Connolly   J. Don Read     195
Clinical, Legal, and Policy Implications of the Research on When and Why Children Do and Do Not Disclose Abuse
A Holistic Approach to Interviewing and Treating Children in the Legal System   Karen J. Saywitz   Phillip Esplin   Sarah Romanoff     219
Clinical and Organizational Perspectives on Denial and Delayed Disclosure   Clara H. Gumpert     251
Forensic Interviewing in New Zealand   Karen Wilson     265
The Silence of Abused Children in Israel: Policy Implications   Dvora Horowitz      281
Reflections on the Concept of Disclosure   Frank Lindblad     291
Index     303

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