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Author Gardner, Richard A.

Title Sex abuse hysteria : Salem witch trials revisited / Richard A. Gardner.

Publication Info. Cresskill, N.J. : Creative Therapeutics, [1991]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.7 G17    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 150 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-144) and indexes.
Contents The basic sex abuse problem -- The normal fantasies of childhood -- Sex abuse prevention programs -- The ubiquity of environmental stimuli -- The parental contribution -- Vicarious gratification -- Projection -- Reaction formation -- Voyeurism -- Release of anger -- Displacement of blame -- Substitution -- Suggestibility and the mass hysteria phenomenon -- Greed -- The validators and other examiners -- Who are these people? -- What do they do? -- Why do these people do it? -- Concluding comments -- The children -- The parental impact prior to the first interview -- Caveats regarding the first interview -- Children are liars -- Ingratiation to adult authorities -- The keeping-up-with-the-Joneses phenomenon -- Notoriety -- The progressive elaboration of the accusations -- Physicians -- Prosecutors -- Judges -- Lawyers -- The so-called therapists -- Society -- Exaggerated reactions to pedophilia -- Public media -- Fanatic feminists -- The alleged devil worshipers -- Additional social factors -- The Salem witchcraft trials -- A historical review -- Similarities between the late-twentieth-century sex abuse hysteria and the Salem witchcraft hysteria -- The major differences between the Salem witch trials and our twentieth-century sex abuse hysteria.
Subject Child sexual abuse -- United States.
Child sexual abuse -- Investigation -- United States.
Interviewing in child abuse -- United States.
Child Abuse, Sexual -- United States.
Child Reactive Disorders -- United States.
Parent-Child Relations -- United States.
ISBN 0933812221
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