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Childhood Abuse
Effects on Clinicians' Personal and Professional Lives


March 1997 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Personal and professional biases can sometimes interfere with objective judgment, particularly in the case of child maltreatment, which often evokes powerful reactions and extreme emotions upon its discovery. Authors Helene Jackson and Ronald Nuttall identify how gender, age, discipline, individual core belief systems, and case factors can affect a personÆs perception of sexual abuse allegations, thus possibly compromising the accuracy of an investigationÆs findings. An innovative resource, Childhood Abuse alerts professionals to the existence of this bias and works toward improving efforts to recognize the victims of sexual abuse. While examining the impact of working with victims of both physical and sexual abuse on the lives of mental health professionals, this book encourages professionals to heighten their self-awareness as a part of their training. The authors present a survey designed to bring the reader "into focus" with regard to his or her own potential for bias. In addition, recommendations for more objective and effective practice, training and education, and future research make this book an important resource. Childhood Abuse is a timely volume for all health care professionals and practitioners who work with child abuse. This book will be especially valuable as a supplement in training students and interns for careers in mental health and health care fields.

David Corwin
Foreword
 
PART ONE: SEXUAL ABUSE
 
Introduction and Overview
 
PART TWO: THE PROJECTS
 
Methodology
 
Prevalence and Characteristics of Abuse among Clinicians
 
PART THREE: SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS: WHAT DO CLINICIANS BELIEVE AND WHY DO THEY BELIEVE IT?
 
Credibility Ratings of Sexual Abuse Allegations
Effects of Respondent Factors  
 
Credibility Ratings of Sexual Abuse Allegations
Effects of Case Factors  
 
PART FOUR: EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE ON PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
 
Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Mental Health
 
Personal Relationships and Professional Practice
 
Implications, Recommendations and Conclusions

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