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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic ChurchGender, Power, and Organizational Culture$
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Marie Keenan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895670.001.0001

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The Individual as the Unit of Analysis

The Individual as the Unit of Analysis

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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Marie Keenan

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews key themes emerging from the psychological and psychiatric literature. It examines what happens when the individual is the focus of analysis. It indicates that child sexual offending is a complex phenomenon, and psychological theories to explain it continue to evolve. It also points to their limitations, and even their dangers, if applied uncritically. Given the range of competing constructions or “findings” within the discipline of psychology itself, and sufficient stake in their outcomes, in terms of power and prestige, there is brisk competition over whose voice is to be honored and whose findings are to bear the hallmark of “science.”. Although psychologists have hardly spoken with one voice, it is interesting to note the growing “scientific” emphasis in the discipline.

Keywords:   child sexual abuse, child sexual offenders, psychology, findings

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