child abuse accommodation syndrome

child abuse accommodation syndrome

A common psychiatric response of a child to sexual abuse, which encompasses 5 categories, 2 of which are preconditions to the sexual abuse; the other 3 are increasingly variable and complex sequential contingencies. While each is a compelling reality for the victim, each contradicts adult assumptions.

Categories, child abuse accommodation syndrome
• Secrecy;
• Helplessness;
• Entrapment and accommodation;
• Delayed, conflicted and unconvincing disclosure;
• Retraction.
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