Professionals’ beliefs regarding child sexual abuse: Assessment and treatment implications

James William Griffith*

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Child sexual abuse assessments are influenced by professionals’ beliefs. This article is a review of the beliefs and practices of professionals working in child sexual abuse cases. The emphasis of child sexual abuse histories in treatment planning is also discussed. Based on this review, many professional practices are consistent with present scientific knowledge, while others are inconsistent. Recommendations are made to further integrate the philosophy of science into clinical and forensic practice. More research is needed to further examine the importance of factors that mediate the effects of child sexual abuse, as well as how sexual abuse information influences treatment planning and clinical decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-61
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Threat Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Professional beliefs
  • Professional practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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