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1st Edition

Assessing Child Maltreatment Reports
The Problem of False Allegations

ISBN 9781560241614
Published September 27, 1991 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This seminal book in the literature of child protective services stimulates critical thinking and informed discussion for those professionals and educators concerned with the quality of children’s protective services. The first book of its kind to present scholarly reports on false allegations, Assessing Child Maltreatment Reports tackles the age-old problem of deciding which reports, verbal or written, represent truth and which represent falsehood. When one deals with accusations in the area of child maltreatment, special problems are posed. This vital resource brings home the complexity and seriousness of confronting the need to separate true reports from false reports. Given the serious consequences of reports of maltreatment, determining the accuracy or inaccuracy of such reports is of major critical importance to all concerned and the parents, children, and professionals directly involved. This book deals effectively and practically with the everyday work of assessing the validity and reliability of maltreatment reports and guides professionals through rough waters of finding truth with helpful research.

This courageous book provides hope for establishing a deeper understanding of the broad system of child protection and consequently, enables professionals to better handle individual crises and cases. Containing a range of chapters--authored by leading academic researchers and practitioners in child welfare services in the United States--which examine the policy and practice issues related to false allegations of child abuse and neglect, this volume provides guideposts for further research and discussion. College and university students in child welfare and related programs, human service practitioners working in child protective and welfare services, and the larger public--both parents and professionals working with children--who have an interest in this important issue, will find Assessing Child Maltreatment Reports a compassionate approach to a sensitive issue.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • I. Historical Overview
  • The Social Construction of Child Abuse and “False Allegations”
  • II. Policy Issues
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting and Investigation: Policy Guidelines for Decision-Making
  • Unsubstantiated Reports: Perspectives of Child Protection Workers
  • Responding to Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Investigating Allegations of Child Maltreatment: The Strengths and Limitations of Current Risk Assessment Systems
  • III. Clinical Evaluations of Sexual Abuse
  • Beyond Validation Interviews: An Assessment Approach to Evaluating Sexual Abuse Allegations
  • Was There Really Child Sexual Abuse or is There Another Explanation?
  • Is It (Or Is It Not) Sexual Abuse?: The Medical Examiner’s Dilemma
  • False and Unsubstantiated Sexual Abuse Allegations: Clinical Issues
  • IV. Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody/Visitation Disputes
  • Multiple Perspectives: Factors Related to Differential Diagnosis of Sex Abuse and Divorce Trauma in Children Under Six
  • Factors Contributing to False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Disputes
  • Alleging Psychological Impairment of the Accuser to Defend Oneself Against a Child Abuse Allegation: A New Manifestation of Wife Battering and False Accusation
  • V. Allegations of Maltreatment in Family Foster Homes
  • Maltreatment in Family Foster Homes: Dynamics and Dimensions
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reports in Foster Care: The Issue for Foster Parents of “False” Allegations
  • Unfounded Allegations of Child Abuse in the United Kingdom: A Survey of Foster Parents’ Reactions to Reporting Procedures
  • Index

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Jerome Beker