Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
For 20 years there has been considerable disagreement among mental health
professionals about child sexual abuse. Although everyone agrees sexual abuse
is a bad thing for children to experience, there is a lack of consensus on
how to investigate allegations, long-term psychological consequences, appropriate
psychotherapy, and evaluation of individuals who have vivid, detailed "recovered
memories" that come to light after decades.
The editors' purpose is to correct misinformation propagated by a "backlash
movement" that "has attempted to minimize the effects of child sexual abuse
in several arenas." The book's chapters were originally published in two issues
of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse in 2001.
Bernet W. Child Sexual Abuse. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1387-1388. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1387-a