New university textbook “Forensic Gynaecology and Perinatology”

In the Great Hall of the Croatian Catholic University was held on June 7, 2018. the presentation of the new university textbook “Forensic gynaecology and perinatology”, edited by Dubravko Habek, Ingrid Marton, Matija Prka, Ana Tikvica Luetić and associates. Among other authors, there are three experts from our Center: prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Phd; Doc. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, PhD and Renata Ćorić Špoljar.

The presentation was attended by reviewers Vladimir Terešak, dipl.iur., attorney at Zagreb and Faris Mujezinović, PhD from Maribor, editor-in-chief prof. Dubravko Habek, PhD and Anđa Raić, on behalf of the Medicinska Naklada as a publisher.

In this university textbook, our Director prof.  Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, along with Renata Špoljar Čorić, psychologist from our Center and the juvenile judge, Lana Peto Kujundzic, PhD wrote the chapter on sexual abuse in childhood and adolescence, integrating psychological, social and forensic aspect, considering that the first step in an effective response to the problem of sexual abuse of children is the evaluation and assessment of the child in various fields – medical, psychosocial and legal.

As in the forensic psychology touching the fields of psychology and law, with expert views of the abuse on the side of mental health and taking into account the psychology of developmental age and the specifics of each individual child to approach and work with them, the chapter deals with the issue of sexual abuse of children and adolescents with emphasis on the aspect of clinical and forensic psychology, but provides the framework of current legal regulations and overall based on:

  • the applicable Croatian legal regulations, the European Union law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • expert knowledge of traumatization of children and young people and knowledge based on evidence of diagnostic and therapeutic treatment with traumatized children, young people and their families;
  • relevant knowledge of the abuse and consequences of the same for children and young people in the field of clinical and forensic psychology.

… emphasizing the need for multidisciplinary approaches and intersectoral co-operation in cases of child abuse.

For the textbook also wrote Doc. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, PhD, spec. pediatric, subspec. pediatric neurology, Assistant Director for the quality of health care in our Center. She wrote about perinatal brain injury and that the cause of the dramatic consequences that evolve from birth, through childhood to adulthood, significantly diminishing the quality of life, to the patient, and his family. Despite awareness of the serious clinical and socioeconomic effects of brain injury and the growing development of technology, there are still no sufficiently effective clinical strategies that would significantly prevent their occurrence and reduce the risk of death and consequent mortality. Since the in forensic discipline, in the event of damage, mainly focused on obstetric complications, special interest and attention caused by knowledge related primarily to peripartal and intrapartal period. Given the propulsion of new insights, checklists is, accordingly, necessary to change and unify, to patient received the best possible treatment based on the achievements of medicine based on evidence. This chapter explains the pathomorphological mechanisms, clinical features, prognosis, and forensic doubts about the qualification of such injuries.

“Perinatology and Gynecology are specific professions from which in the world and in Croatia there is a large number of litigation and mediation with significant non-medical, social, emotional and media reflection. Therefore, the idea of the creation of this book, essential for our everyday life, for the safety of pregnant women, maternity and nursing mothers, infants and gynecologists, for all participants in health care in gynaecology and perinatology and other sciences, for good clinical practice and maternity protection, to reduce clinical risk that sparks from atypical, sudden, urgent and unexpected situation.

More than a hundred authors and co-authors from four countries of the European Union wrote more than sixty chapters of the issues they are dealing with. Each of the authors contributing to its contribution so far, but also the new understanding of the profession in the context of forensic medicine with often examples from the court cases and expert practices with their own clinical and academic experiences and reflections “. – From the Foreword, Dubravko Habek

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