ERIC Number: EJ837374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 5
Consider the Source: A Commentary on Incest and Parental Contact
Boat, Barbara W.; Forman, Sarah B.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v17 n1 p13-16 Apr 2008
According to these authors, it is correct to assume that mental health professionals, including psychologists, may not have adequate literature that provides an evidence-informed basis for making decisions about a parent's contact with a child whom he/she has sexually molested. Indeed, there are several sources of information that may negatively influence the decisions of mental health professionals who are engaged in making recommendations that affect a child's current and future well-being. This article offers a commentary on "Incest and Parental Contact: A Psychologist's Personal Case and Literature Review" (Anonymous, this issue). Boar and Forman argue that professionals who work in court systems must be alert to the sources of information they utilize and pressures from the court system that may influence their decisions. Most importantly, professionals must incorporate critically important knowledge about child development, especially current research on attachment, trauma, and brain development.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Psychologists, Mental Health Workers, Courts, Brain, Child Development, Child Abuse, Parent Child Relationship, Child Safety, Decision Making, Well Being, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Attachment Behavior, Gender Differences, Fathers, Mothers, Misconceptions
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