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Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
by Kathyrn Kuehnle

Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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  • 1996  400pp hardbound   ISBN: 9781568870090
  • This title appears on the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) suggested reading list
"This book is destined to become the defacto standard reference for child sexual abuse assessment.  It will be widely used by attorneys and forensic experts to review and assess the thoroughness and scientific validity of forensic child sexual abuse evaluations.  Any clinician not familiar with the content will be unprepared for cross-examination and subject to considerable embarrassment on the witness stand."
     -Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Children's Hospital, Boston; Associate Professor of Psychology,  Harvard Medical School reviewing for American Psychology - Law Society Newsletter by Division 41 of American Psychological Association

"In a field that sometimes seems awash in research findings, Kathryn Kuehnle has skillfully highlighted what is relevant, what is important, and what is useful for informing practice from the empirical literature.  This book is a remarkably concise, comprehensive and practical compilation of research to guide the evaluation process.  Equally noteworthy, it is a superb resource for preparing for court testimony."

     -Mark D. Everson, PhD, Director, Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse is a reflection of the author's uncommonly good common sense.  Dr. Kuehnle guides the reader through the clinical, scientific, and ethical minefields awaiting all who become involved in child abuse allegations.  This book is 'must reading' for any professional involved in evaluation, consultation, or expert testimony.  It deserves to reach a very wide audience."

     -Stephen J. Ceci, PhD, The Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

"This book is an example of what is all too infrequently available to mental health professionals.  This blending of theory, research, and clinical experience is a true example of the scientist-practitioner model of mental health practice.  Dr. Kuehnle first reviews pertinent research in the areas of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology and makes clear the implications of theory and empirical findings for the clinical evaluator.  She then reviews the sexual abuse and sexual abuse evaluation literature, and offers empirically informed and practical guidelines and recommendations for the clinician examining children who are suspected of being sexually abused.  Given its format and content areas, this volume will be of great value to both highly experienced and less experienced mental health professionals working in this field."

     -Randy K. Otto, PhD, ABPP, Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

"Being familiar with the field of assessment of child sexual abuse, I believe that there is no other book as scholarly and authoritative as Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse.  It achieves encyclopedic status.  It contains an unprecedented compendium of studies and statements from other professional sources, of which each receives careful analysis.  Dr. Kuehnle offers an invaluable integration of research and case studies, and sets forth practical guidelines that will be useful to any health care provider serving children and families."

     -Robert Henley Woody, PhD, ScD, JD, Professor of Psychology and Social Work and Director of School
Psychology Training, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Table of Contents
        Elusive Numbers: Determining the Incidence and Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse             
        Multiple Roles of the Mental Health Professional in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
        Developmental Issues
        Children's Memory and the Issue of Suggestibility
        The Structure of the Interview
        Child Interview Techniques
        Development of Criteria for Assessing the Veracity of the Child's Statements
        Child Interview Props - The Anatomical Dolls
        The Use of Standardized Observation Systems, Behavior Rating Scales, and Projective
        Techniques in the Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse
    CHAPTER 10
        The Evaluation Process
    CHAPTER 11
        Final Comments

CE Program
A supplemental 10-credit, 100 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse - CE Program (10 Credits)

About the Author
Kathryn F. Kuehnle, PhD, is recognized as an expert in the assessment and treatment of sexually abused children.  Dr. Kuehnle, who received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota, is a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Tampa, Florida.  In her private practice, she specializes in the evaluation of children alleged to have been sexually abused and provides treatment to children, adolescents, and adults who are victims of sexual abuse.  She also consults to attorneys, the courts, health care professionals, educators, parents, and community agencies in specialty clinical areas related to child sexual abuse.  Dr. Kuehnle has made numerous media appearances and presentations to parents and teachers regarding child sexual abuse, parenting, and related topics.  Since the early 1980s, she has been recognized as an expert by the courts on issues related to physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect, and other child psychology matters.  She has authored or co-authored a number of publications including Child Custody Litigation: Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse and the Continuing Education program, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.

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