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Books, Journals, New Media
September 10, 2003

Child Sexual Abuse

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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.

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1387-1388. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1387-a

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.

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