Problems in validating allegations of sexual abuse. Part 1: Factors affecting perception and recall of events.

  title={Problems in validating allegations of sexual abuse. Part 1: Factors affecting perception and recall of events.},
  author={Elissa P. Benedek and Diane H. Schetky},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry},
  volume={26 6},
  • E. Benedek, D. Schetky
  • Published 1 November 1987
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Abstract Child psychiatrists, pediatricians, and child mental health professionals are concerned by a deluge of referrals requesting evaluation of young children in regard to allegations of sexual abuse. Accurately evaluating an allegation of sexual abuse in a young child is always very difficult and time consuming. This paper explores some of the developmental and emotional factors that influence a child's perception of events. The authors discuss some factors that may lead to a false memory… 

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