Child Sexual Abuse: A Study of Controversy and Construction
1994 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, Vol. 37, 141-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, we focus on the construction of and controversy surrounding child sexual abuse as a social problem in the Swedish context. Using concepts and approaches from the field of science studies, we investigate how the problem has been introduced to the public and by whom. We identify what we call a knowledge-based controversy. The frequency of child sexual abuse, the methods of diagnosing it, and the role of the investigator are highly disputed. It would appear that clinical child psychologists are especially engaged in this problem construction as well as in controversy with other professionals. Different strategies are chosen in order to increase professional legitimacy, and exclude others' claims to expertise on the subject. Our conclusion is that at present there is no indication that psychologists have reached a more comprehensive experience and/or unified knowledge of child sexual abuse than any competing professional group dealing with the issue.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1994. Vol. 37, 141-163 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51574DOI: 10.1177/000169939403700202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-51574DiVA: diva2:275885