Parental Alienation Awareness Day is 12th October #PAADay
Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse
"Given the prevalence of childhood psychological abuse and the severity of harm to young victims, it should be at the forefront of mental health and social service training.”
~ Joseph Spinazzola, PhD
Yes. Anyone, especially a child, is susceptible to influence through coercive, suggestive, or even benign questioning. An understanding of whether the questioning, interviews, interrogation or counseling of the child was unduly suggestive requires a highly nuanced inquiry into the atmosphere and demeanour surrounding verbal interactions between the child and adults.
It must be determined whether the interviewing, questioning and counselling techniques used with the child were so suggestive that they had the capacity to substantially alter the child's recollections of events and thus compromise the reliability of the child's personal knowledge.
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At Cornell University, renowned psychologist Stephen Ceci studies the accuracy of children's courtroom testimony, particularly in cases alleging physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. "Truth and Consequence" is a short independent documentary that focuses on Professor Ceci's research and three court cases in which he testified as an expert witness.
By Ameila Courtney Hrits, Caisa Elizabeth Royer, Rebecca K. Helm, Kayla A. Burd, Karen Ojeda and Stephen J. Ceci.
Abstract: Children's testimony is often the only evidence of alleged abuse. Thus, the importance of conducting forensic interviews that are free from bias and misleading information is immense, as these could lead to false reports. In the current paper, we review unexpected findings in children's suggestibility that illustrate the difficulty in distinguishing between false and accurate reports. We explore situations in which a younger person's memory account may be more accurate than that of an adult, when a single suggestive interview may be as detrimental as multiple interviews, and when children can make inaccurate reports spontaneously. We conclude with recommendations for interviewers to decrease false reporting by both children and adults.
The Little Albert Experiment was a controlled experiment showing empirical evidence of classical conditioning in humans. The study also provides an example of stimulus generalisation.
If a child can be taught to fear Santa Claus, then a child can be taught to fear a parent.
Watch Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos as an Expert Witness on "Suggestibility"
NBC TV - Accused Falsely
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider. TED Talk
By Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet and S. Richard Sauber
The essential “how to” manual in this important and ever increasing area of behavioral science and law. Busy mental health professionals need a reference guide to aid them in developing data sources to support their positions in reports and testimony. For legal professionals who must ground their arguments in well thought out motions and repeated citations to case precedent, ready access to state or province specific legal citations spanning thirty-five years of parental alienation cases is provided here for the first time in one place. Having this material within arm’s reach will avoid lengthy and time-consuming online research.
Cross Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences
By Terence Campbell, Demosthenes Lorandos
Cross Examining Experts in the Behavioural Sciences provides step-by-step guidance on how to refute behavioural scientists’ conjecture and speculation to ensure favourable rulings on Daubert, Kuhmo Tire and Frye standards. This set integrates hundreds of questioning strategies and actual questions to help you save time preparing your cases. It helps you keep pace with the fastest growing area of expert witness work with: Demonstrations on how to examine and challenge the expertise of mental health experts and the use of psychological tests Examinations of both the scientific research and the legal aspects behind a mental health expert’s testimony.
The latest material added to the Australian Institute of Family Studies library database is displayed. Where available online, a link to the document is provided. Many items can be borrowed from the Institute's library via the Interlibrary loan system.
A critical issue faced by researchers working in the area of child maltreatment concerns the definition of child maltreatment.
Child maltreatment refers to any non-accidental behaviour by parents, caregivers, other adults or older adolescents that is outside the norms of conduct and entails a substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm to a child or young person.
An important international convention, agreed to by the nations of the world. Of itself, it has little legal weight, but its contents have been incorporated, to varying degrees, into the laws of individual countries.
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