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Avaliação Psicológica

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GAVA, Lara Lages; PELISOLI, Cátula  and  DELL’AGLIO, Débora Dalbosco. The psychological expertise in cases of suspected sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.2, pp. 137-145. ISSN 1677-0471.

This paper aimed to discuss the forensic psychological evaluation in cases of suspected of sexual abuse against children and adolescents. This study shows several ways this evaluation is carried out in different contexts worldwide, as well as the existence of some relatively consensual points among the authors. Within these issues, the assessment of the impact on the alleged victim and the credibility of the report receive special emphasis due to the difficulties their practical application in the forensic context. This study demonstrates a variety of strategies used on the investigative psychological assessment in case of sexual abuse against children and adolescents, indicating how professionals attempt to handle the inherent complexity involved in these situations.

Keywords : sexual abuse; forensic psychological evaluation; credibility assessment.

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