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Constructing risk: Psychology, medicine and child welfare

Kendall, Gavin P., Collins, Alan, & Michael, Mike (1997) Constructing risk: Psychology, medicine and child welfare. Journal of Applied Social Behaviour, 4(1), pp. 15-25.

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the increasing theoretical and practical importance of 'risk' and 'risk factors' in applied psychological and medical settings. We argue that 'risk' has become relatively disentangled from individual persons,and has come instead to reside in a statistically-created hybrid of the personal, the social and the economic. To illustrate this theoretical point, we discuss the use of a medical technique in suspected cases of child sexual abuse: while 'risk' is a powerful instrument for thought and action in modern society, in the case we discuss it has met with much resistance, and ultimately can be refused in favour of older theoretical models such as dangerousness.

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ID Code: 18
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Signs, Reflex Anal Dilatation, Child Sexual Abuse, Foucault, Castel
ISSN: 1325-782X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 02:08

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