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Assessment of child sexual abuse: Clinical use of fables


Examined is the clinical use of fables in the evaluation of child sexual abuse. A review of projective assessment, the use of human figure drawings, anatomically correct dolls and projective apperception testing is presented within the context of clinical assessment of child trauma. The efficacy of the fable assessment technique is discussed, as are issues in the use of projective assessment with children. Issues and import for the clinician are explored.

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Correspondence to Thomas W. Miller PhD, ABPP.

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Appreciation is extended to Deborah Kessler and Katrina Scott, Library Service; Lorie Hensley, Psychology Service, V.A.M.C., Lexington; and Debbie Howard, Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky, for their assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.

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Miller, T.W., Veltkamp, L.J. Assessment of child sexual abuse: Clinical use of fables. Child Psych Hum Dev 20, 123–133 (1989).

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  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Fables
  • Projective Assessment