Collings 2009 Abuse

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Author: Steven J. Collings

Title: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Subtitle: The Rise and Fall of Child Sexual Abuse in the 20th Century

Journal: Psychology in Society

Volume: -

Issue: 38

Year: 2009

Pages: 61-73

ISSN: 1015-6046 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | European History, U.S. History | Research: History of Medicine, History of Psychoanalysis; Types: Child Abuse

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Author: Steven Collings, Discipline of Psychology, University of Kwazulu-Natal

Abstract: »This paper examines the development of a medical perspective on child sexual abuse during the course of the 20th century and argues that such a perspective has not served the best interests of sexually abused children. An alternate social perspective is outlined, which would appear to have the potential to adequately address the needs of sexually abused children in the 21st century. The paper concludes by arguing that, despite its merits, the social perspective is likely to be of little value unless we can learn to more effectively see and hear the voices of child survivors.« (Source: Psychology in Society)


  The 20th Century: The Best of Times? (p. 61)
  Establishing a Medical Perspective (p. 62)
    Marginalisation (p. 63)
    Mitigation (p. 63)
    Minimalisation (p. 64)
  Extending and Elaborating the Medical Interpretation (p. 65)
  The Social Interpretation (p. 66)
    Tardieu (1857) (p. 67)
    Sigmund Freud (1896) (p. 67)
    Sandor Ferenczi (1932) (p. 68)
    Florence Rush (1971) (p. 68)
    The current status of the social interpretation (p. 68)
  Conclusion (p. 69)
  References (p. 70)

Wikipedia: Sándor Ferenczi, Sigmund Freud, Florence Rush, Auguste Ambroise Tardieu

Added: August 17, 2013 | Last updated: May 10, 2014