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Child Abuse Negl. 2010 May;34(5):289-95. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2010.01.005. Epub 2010 Mar 26.

Evaluations of child sexual abuse: recognition of overt and latent family concerns.

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Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8064, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a clinical approach to the recognition of overt and latent concerns of parents and children when children are evaluated for suspected sexual abuse by medical examiners.

METHOD:

Description of a clinical approach.

RESULTS:

We describe 10 concerns-six of parents: (1) should we believe our child?; (2) worries about the child's body; (3) expressing emotions; (4) why the child delayed in telling; (5) how to talk to my child; (6) when will the perpetrator be arrested?; and four of children: 7) who will know about this?; (8) protecting one's parents; (9) worry about one's own body; and (10) what about my sexuality?

CONCLUSIONS:

We believe that by addressing these concerns in the medical evaluation of suspected sexual abuse, clinicians can help families focus on important issues, including ensuring the child's safety, acknowledging family members' feelings, and arranging counseling for the child and parents.

PMID:
20347146
DOI:
10.1016/j.chiabu.2010.01.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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