Volume 12, Issue 1 (1983)
Sexually Abused Children: Identification and Suggestions for Intervention
Marla R. Brassard, Ann Tyler, Thomas Kehle
One of the most difficult problems that a school psychologist must deal with is the identification and treatment of school-aged victims of sexual abuse. Sex, particularly when it is intra-familial or involves pre-adolescent children, is not a topic most school psychologists feel comfortable discussing with children. If lacking knowledge of how to identify and skillfully interview sexually abused children, school psychologists are unlikely to make appropriate referrals,and opportunities to help are impeded. This article is designed to help school psychologists: (a)identify victims of child abuse; (b) interview a victim and the victim’s parents; (c) know who to notify when sexual abuse is suspected; and (d) identify suggested intervention and treatment approaches that are appropriate in the practice of school psychology.
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