Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome (CSAAS) is a nondiagnostic syndrome developed by Roland C. Summit in 1983 to describe how he believed sexually abused children responded to ongoing abuse.
Roland Summit developed the theory in 1983 to describe how children resolve the experience of their abuse with the effects of the disclosure in real life.
Roland Summit posited five stages
Stage 1) Secrecy
Stage 2) Helplessness
Stage 3) Entrapment and accommodation
Stage 4) Delayed disclosure
Stage 5) Retraction
CSAAS is impressionistic, rather than demonstrated by empirical research. CSAAS purports to explain both delayed disclosures and withdrawals of false allegation of child sexual abuse. CSAAS is used to justify any statement made by a child as an indication that sexual abuse had occurred—immediate disclosure was an indication of abuse, as are delayed disclosure, withdrawal and sustained denial.
Source 1 – Child abuse and Accommodation Syndrome
Source 2 – Wikipedia
gojam note: I’m posting this for discussion. I can see some problems with this theory if disclosure, delayed disclosure, withdrawal and sustained denial, are all taken as signs of child abuse