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Managing sexual abuse disclosure by adult psychiatric patients – some suggestions

  • I. E. Babiker (a1)
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The main principle of the Children Act 1989 is that the welfare of a child at risk of abuse or neglect takes precedence over all other considerations. In complying with the Act, these considerations may include the principle of medical confidentiality and the health and safety of some adult patients. Nowhere is this more poignantly illustrated than in the case of childhood sexual abuse disclosure by a distressed psychiatric patient who may be unprepared or unwilling to cooperate with the immediate reporting and ensuing investigation of their abuse as required by the Act.

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Palmer, R. L., Chaloner, D. A. & Oppenheimer, R. (1992). Childhood sexual experiences with adults reported by female psychiatric patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 160, 261265.
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Managing sexual abuse disclosure by adult psychiatric patients – some suggestions

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