This monograph was conceived as a major project of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Women, chaired by Dr. Elissa Benedek, and would not have been possible without the committee's support, invaluable critical review, and encouragement.
Special acknowledgments are extended to Dr. Ann Chappell for her case reports; Drs. Carol Nadelson and Malkah Notman for both their case report and substantive contribution to the chapter on the role of the psychiatrist; Dr. Anne M. Seiden for a case report and contributions to the chapter on child victims; and Dr. Elissa Benedek for her substantive contribution regarding children in the courts.
The author also wishes to thank Ms. Carol Motz for her tolerance and patience while typing and retyping the manuscript.
Finally, special gratitude is extended to the author's nine year old son, who has been, perhaps, the most formidable critic of all. He speaks for himself in this unsolicited note:
I hate my mother for writing even so much as the first chapter of this book because it took so much of her time. However in conclusion, I love my mother and nothing can change that.
Elaine Hilberman, M.D.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina