Approaching the language and processes for addressing and evaluating allegations of child sexual abuse in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Tredoux, Colin en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Baker, Heather en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-02T13:21:06Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-02T13:21:06Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Baker, H. 2004. Approaching the language and processes for addressing and evaluating allegations of child sexual abuse in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7990
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 124-133). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The two studies conducted focus on the processes for addressing allegations of child sexual abuse (CSA) in South Africa. A comprehensive literature review revealed some of the pitfalls in South African systems for dealing with CSA allegations including a lack of guidelines for assessing allegations and insufficient research in the area. In the first study, mental health and legal/forensic professionals completed a questionnaire designed by the researcher to investigate the criteria they would use to establish the veracity of an allegation of sexual abuse. An indication of the degree of relevance of certain criteria (e.g. 'medical evidence of abuse') to assessment was established based on these results. In general, the responses of the two groups correlated but there were seven criteria on which they differed. Many of the participants also provided specific criteria in response to qualitative questions asking if there were any criteria they believe indicate that an allegation is definitely true or definitely false, indicating a belief that there are certain factors that conclusively point to sexual abuse and other factors that unambiguously indicate that an allegation is fictitious. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Psychology en_ZA
dc.title Approaching the language and processes for addressing and evaluating allegations of child sexual abuse in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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