Common errors in the assessment of allegations of child sexual abuse.

TitleCommon errors in the assessment of allegations of child sexual abuse.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMART, ERICG
JournalJournal of Psychiatry & Law
Volume38
Pagination325 - 343
ISSN00931853
KeywordsCHILD abuse, CHILD sexual abuse, CRIMINAL investigation, INDICTMENTS, SEXUALLY abused children
Abstract

The assessment of child sexual abuse (CSA) allegations is a complex, challenging, high-stakes undertaking. The consequences of sloppy assessments leading to false positive or false negative court decisions are clearly severe. Despite this, many professionals and paraprofessionals who undertake such assessments continue to perform substandard child sexual abuse investigations. This article presents some of the common errors made by CSA investigators and suggests the use of research-based investigative protocols and ongoing training as ways of improving this situation. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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