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Boletim de Psicologia

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PELISOLI, Cátula  and  DELL'AGLIO, Débora Dalbosco. Forensic psychology in sexual abuse situations: possibilities and challenges. Bol. psicol [online]. 2013, vol.63, n.139, pp. 175-192. ISSN 0006-5943.

This study investigated the perceptions of forensic psychologists about their role in sexual abuse situations against children and adolescents. Five professionals with experience in this area working in different cities of Rio Grande do Sul were interviewed. The content of the interviews was analyzed with software webQDA, generating four categories: (1) the potential of Psychology; (2) difficulties; (3) requirements for the task; and (4) decision making. Data showed that the work of the psychologists reconciles the needs of the justice system with those of the population involved in violence situations, contributing to prove the fact and to protect those involved. Professionals use personal abilities, different sources of information, theoretical and technical resources for accomplishing this task. Conclusions highlight the possibilities of the psychological practice in the Justice Sistem and also the relevance and necessity of integrating Psychology and Law areas.

Keywords : Sexual abuse; Forensic Psychology; decision making; special deposition.

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