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Date of Award

12-1988

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Abstract

The study focuses on allegations of child sexual abuse perpetrated by a parent and the incidence of false accusations by one parent against the other. The review looks at the reasons why a spouse would be motivated to make a false accusation of the other parent. It also addresses why a man would sexually abuse a child. Once a man is accused, why is it so difficult to break the mindset that assumes guilt? In addition, the study reviews the prior research literature related to case studies of false accusations, and addresses guidelines for the Mental Health Specialist to consider when evaluating and differentiating between fabricated and genuine sex abuse. Lastly, the author proposes an alternative system from the current legal system when dealing with a family that is involved with a sexual abuse charge.

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