Child sex abuse and the Irish criminal justice system

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Title: Child sex abuse and the Irish criminal justice system
Authors: Connon, Graham
Crooks, Allian
Carr, Alan
Dooley, Barbara A.
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5167
Date: Apr-2011
Abstract: The aims of this study were to develop scales to assess experiences of sexually abused children in the Irish criminal justice system (CJS); identify aspects of the CJS which children experience as negative; compare the perceptions of children, parents and professionals of sexually abused children's experiences of the CJS; and determine correlations between perceptions of children's CJS experiences and current psychological adjustment. Forty-three children, 101 parents, 32 mental health professionals, 27 police officers and 21 lawyers completed parallel versions of the Criminal Justice System Questionnaire (CJSQ) which assessed satisfaction with aspects of the CJS relevant to sexually abused children, specifically: Gardaí (police), medical examination, Director of Public Prosecutions, waiting for court, court professionals, court context and the CJS. Fifteen scales were developed by conducting principal component analyses. Children gave negative ratings on nine of these, and on seven children, parents and professionals differed in their perceptions of how children experienced the CJS with mental health professionals viewing the impact of the CJS as more problematic than parents and children. Scores of children and parents on CJSQ scales correlated with indices of current psychological adjustment. These results point to the importance of making the Irish CJS more child-friendly and for evaluating these reforms with the CJSQ. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Child Abuse Review
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Start page: 102
End page: 119
Copyright (published version): 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords: Child sexual abuseChild abuse legal proceedingsChild protection proceedings
DOI: 10.1002/car.1156
Other versions: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.1156/a
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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