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Claimsmakers in the child sexual abuse "wars": who are they and what do they want?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14620106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The research findings described in this article are based on in-depth interviews with 40 people who helped bring concerns about child sexual abuse to audiences in the Western world. The results of this study suggest that significant differences of opinion and perspective exist both within and between the two widely recognized camps of opinion that have developed around this issue. From respondents' descriptions of their own and others' viewpoints, a continuum model of eight positions on issues related to child sexual abuse was developed and is described in this article. Using a social constructionist framework, the author suggests that debates about child sexual abuse, although framed primarily as empirical issues, may reflect moral and political, as well as scientific, disagreements. Debates about issues related to child sexual abuse take place in larger social and political contexts that include concerns about the family, gender relations, sexuality and sexual behavior, the "science wars," and the role of government. Conflicting claims about practice issues related to child sexual abuse require that social work practitioners be taught to critically examine how the moral and political beliefs of researchers might influence the kinds of questions they ask and how they interpret and frame their research findings.
Jane Mildred
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social work     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0037-8046     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Work     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-17     Completed Date:  2003-12-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984852R     Medline TA:  Soc Work     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  492-503     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology and Social Work, Westfield State College, MA 01086, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Child Abuse, Sexual / legislation & jurisprudence*,  psychology*
Child Advocacy*
Developed Countries
Interviews as Topic
Mental Recall
Social Work
United States

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