The Ritual Abuse Controversy

An Annotated Bibliography

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About the Book

The ritual abuse of children is the most controversial issue in the child maltreatment field, but much of what has been written about ritual abuse over the past twenty years is in the form of unpublished and endlessly reproduced “stuff”—a curious mixture of conjecture, folkloric and pop-culture representations of satanism, devil worship, occultism and witchcraft, and Christian Fundamentalist images of premillennarian evil. What remains after this “stuff” is excluded is an intriguing body of international literature that seriously examines the controversy.
This annotated bibliography dissects the literature, objectively and thoroughly annotates published articles, books and reports, legal opinions, and occasionally, thought-provoking newspaper and magazine articles. Chapters deal with the definition of ritual abuse, ritual abuse cases in the United States, cases in American families and neighborhoods, cases in Canada, Europe and Australasia, clinical features of ritual abuse in children and adults, the controversy’s impact on professionals and systems, the controversy and American law, ritual abuse reports and narratives, and anthropological, folkloric and sociological perspectives.

About the Author(s)

Mary de Young, a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Mary de Young
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 258
Bibliographic Info: appendix, indexes
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1259-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0755-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii

Preface     1

1. Definitions, Defense, and Denial     5

2. Day Care Ritual Abuse Cases in the United States     12

3. The American Family and Neighborhood Ritual Abuse Cases    59

4. Canadian, European and Australasian Ritual Abuse Cases    80

5. Clinical Features of Ritual Abuse: Children     114

6. Clinical Features of Ritual Abuse: Adults     128

7. Impact of the Ritual Abuse Controversy on Professionals and Systems      150

8. The Ritual Abuse Controversy and American Law     161

9. Ritual Abuse Reports     178

10. Ritual Abuse Narratives     188

11. Anthropological, Folkloric and Sociological Perspectives on Ritual Abuse     199

12. The Ritual Abuse Controversy Continues     209

13. Conclusion     215

Databases     217

Author and Title Index     219

Name and Subject Index     237

Book Reviews & Awards

“powerful…excellent…poignant…revealing…recommended for all libraries and for general readers, students, teachers, professionals, and practitioners”—Choice.