Child sexual abuse: A comprehensive family based approach to treatment

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Title: Child sexual abuse: A comprehensive family based approach to treatment
Authors: Carr, Alan
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Date: 2000
Abstract: Narrow definitions of CSA which focus on repeated penetrative abuse yield prevalence rates of 2% and 4% for males and females respectively. Most abusers are male. About two thirds of all victims develop psychological symptoms and for a fifth these problems remain into adulthood. Children who have been sexually abused show a range of conduct and emotional problems coupled with oversexualized behaviour. Traumatic sexualization, stigmatization, betrayal and powerlessness are four distinct yet related dynamics that account for the wide variety of symptoms shown by children who have been sexually abused. The degree to which children develop the four traumagenic dynamics and associated behaviour problems following sexual abuse is determined by stresses associated with the abuse itself and the balance of risk and protective factors within the child's family and social network. Case management requires the separation of the child and the abuser to prevent further abuse. A family therapy based multisystemic programme of therapeutic intervention should help the child process the trauma of the abuse and develop protective relationships with non-abusing parents and assertiveness skills to prevent further abuse. For the abuser therapy focuses on letting go of denial and developing and abuse free lifestyle.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Journal: Journal of Child Centred Practice
Start page: 45
End page: 74
Copyright (published version): 2000 Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Keywords: Child protectionChild sexual abuseFamily treatmentFamily therapy
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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