Gratz, K. L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2003). Scientific Expert Testimony in CSA Cases: Legal, Ethical, and Scientific Considerations. Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, 10(3), 358-363.
We strongly agree with T. P. Sbraga and W. O'Donohue (WPE's Abstract Page) that the science and ethics of clinical psychology, as well as the legal standards of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1993), prohibit testifying that a child has been sexually abused based on the child's postabuse psychological functioning. Moreover, based on a review of the literature, we argue that it is highly unlikely that a symptom marker of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) will ever emerge that could be used in court to prove a history of childhood abuse. In light of the current status of literature on CSA, we offer some practical suggestions and guidelines for practitioners who accept the role of expert witness in this area. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)Author's email address