Experience and Reason: A US Clinician's Perspective of An Approach to Meeting the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Needs of Children Suspected of Being Sexually Abused

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Abstract

This paper reflects an approach to the medical evaluation of children alleged to have been sexually abused to meet their diagnostic and therapeutic needs. The approach emphasises the importance of the role of the doctor in conducting thorough medical histories to understand a child's suspected experience and integrating that information into the formulation of a balanced and objective opinion. ‘Emphasises the importance of the role of the doctor in conducting thorough medical histories to understand a child's suspected experience’. Key Practitioner Messages: Understand the clinical presentation of child sexual victimisation. Appreciate the important role of the doctor in meeting the diagnostic, therapeutic and protection needs of child sexual abuse (CSA) victims. Appreciate the importance of the collective insights of numerous professionals when responding to allegations of CSA. Develop comfort in providing anticipatory guidance regarding personal space and safety as a part of routine medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-105
Number of pages8
JournalChild Abuse Review
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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