Ritual Abuse

  • Cheryl Carey Kent


Discussions of ritual abuse in the field of family violence have occurred primarily within the past 5 years. Because of the recent emergence of the area, very little information has appeared as yet in the psychological and psychiatric literature. A few papers have been presented at national and state psychological conferences and the National Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse. Some systematic studies of the effects of child sexual abuse, where children have also made allegations of ritual abuse, are under way (McCord, Waterman, Oliveri, & Kelly, 1990), and two overviews of the symptoms of children alleging ritual abuse have been presented at national conferences (Kelly, 1988; Kent, 1988). However, the area of ritual abuse is still in the pioneering stages.


Sexual Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Family Violence Police Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Carey Kent
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  1. 1.Children’s Evaluation CenterLos AngelesUSA

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