|| Child Eyewitness Testimony in Sexual Abuse Investigations
|| Bruce E. Mapes
|| Clinical Psychology Publishing Co., ©1995
Clinical Psychology Publishing Co.
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Brandon, VT 05733
This short (120 pages) book has a cook book quality to it. It was
written primarily for forensic psychologists, although all mental health
professionals might profit from it. Bruce Mapes, a teacher/counselor for
disturbed and disabled adolescents, notes that law enforcement and child
welfare workers know little about legal evidence or child development
and the ambiguity in the field leads to battles between the experts.
Mapes also points out that there is a lack of empirical studies and real
world research on the problem of abuse; this gap between researchers and
clinicians has been going on for many years. He raises questions on a
variety of issues such as hypnosis, cults, custody disputes, and false
allegations by vengeful adolescents. He emphasizes that the investigator
must be neutral and not an advocate.
Despite his recognition of the necessity for neutrality, Maples seems
to identify more with victims than with the falsely accused. Many of the
references at the end of the book are not used in the text and the book
often appears unbalanced. The book will only be useful to beginners who
want a brief summary of the important issues.
Reviewed by LeRoy G. Schultz, Professor Emeritus, West