JPL-2010-38-3-05-Mart, Common Errors in the Assessment of Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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By ERIC G. MART, PH.D., ABPP (FORENSIC)

The assessment of child sexual abuse (CSA) allegations is a
complex, challenging, high-stakes undertaking. The consequences
of sloppy assessments leading to false positive or false negative
court decisions are clearly severe. Despite this, many professionals
and paraprofessionals who undertake such assessments continue to
perform substandard child sexual abuse investigations. This article
presents some of the common errors made by CSA investigators
and suggests the use of research-based investigative protocols and
ongoing training as ways of improving this situation

Season: 
2010
Volume: 
38
Number: 
3
Keywords: 
Child sexual abuse, assessment, investigative protocols.

Dr. Mart specializes in forensic and psychoeducational assessment and has provided psychological assessments, expert testimony, and consultation for courts throughout the United States and Canada.