The Social Construction of Disclosure: The Case of Child Abuse in Israeli Society

  • Zvi Eisikovits
  • Jonathan DavidovEmail author
  • Laura Sigad
  • Rachel Lev-Wiesel
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 4)


Based on 40 in-depth qualitative interviews with professionals, including law-enforcement personnel, educators, and mental health and health-care professionals, this chapter presents a study that describes and analyzes an insider’s view of the ways in which child abuse professionals perceive and understand the disclosure of violence. We found that disclosure is a function of social processes related to the values, ideologies, ways of thinking, and interests of the various social agents involved in the process. Thus, disclosure is not an objective fact-finding process and the subsequent assignment of visibility and proper societal reaction, but rather a social construction.


Child abuse Child protection Professionals Decision-making Reporting Values Disclosure Psychology of reporting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zvi Eisikovits
    • 1
  • Jonathan Davidov
    • 2
    Email author
  • Laura Sigad
    • 2
  • Rachel Lev-Wiesel
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, the Center for the Study of SocietyUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.The Center for the Study of SocietyUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies/Emili Sagol Research Center for CATUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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