Allegations of child sexual abuse in Family Court cases: a qualitative analysis of psychiatric evidence

Black, Fiona A., Schweitzer, Robert D. and Varghese, Frank T. (2012) Allegations of child sexual abuse in Family Court cases: a qualitative analysis of psychiatric evidence. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19 4: 482-496. doi:10.1080/13218719.2011.613905

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Author Black, Fiona A.
Schweitzer, Robert D.
Varghese, Frank T.
Title Allegations of child sexual abuse in Family Court cases: a qualitative analysis of psychiatric evidence
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Publication date 2012-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2011.613905
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 482
End page 496
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Allegations of child sexual abuse in Family Court cases have gained increasing attention. The study investigates factors involved in Family Court cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. A qualitative methodology was employed to examine Records of Judgement and Psychiatric Reports for 20 cases distilled from the data corpus of 102 cases. A seven-stage methodology was developed utilising a thematic analysis process informed by principles of grounded theory and phenomenology. The explication of eight thematic clusters was undertaken. The findings point to complex issues and dynamics in which child sexual abuse allegations have been raised. The alleging parent's allegations of sexual abuse against their ex-partner may be: the expression of unconscious deep fears for their children's welfare, or an action to meet their needs for personal affirmation in the context of the painful upheaval of a relationship break-up. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Keyword Custody disputes
Expert testimony
False allegations
Family Court
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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