Chapter 25 presents guide to measure for evaluating child sexual abuse. It describes and reviews a number of psychometric measures that may be used as part of a comprehensive forensic assessment of a child or adolescent when sexual abuse is an issue. The selected instruments adhere to a theoretical framework that suggests that the functioning of the sexually abused child can best be understood along the domains of attachment quality; dysregulation, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); sexual behavior problems; dissociation; and self-perception, particularly shame and guilt related to the abuse.
Keywords: forensic evaluation; child sexual abuse; psychometric measures; sexual abuse; dysregulation; posttraumatic stress disorder; PTSD; forensic mental health; FMHA
Chapter. 6388 words.
Subjects: Clinical Psychology
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