Measures for Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse

William N. Friedrich

in Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Published on behalf of © Steven N. Sparta and Gerald P. Koocher

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195145847
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190242107 | DOI:
Measures for Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse

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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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