Sexuality: A Developmental Approach to Problems (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 31, 1995 - Psychology - 157 pages
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There are few things that stir up our culture more than sex, particularly sex and children. Sexual behavior in children represents, to far too many people, further proof of the moral decay of our society. Any issue that provokes as strong an emotional reaction as childhood sexuality is obviously in need of a rational discussion. The best features of thought and reason include their moderating influence on overheated and reaction emotions. Consequently, this book by Betty Gordon and Carolyn Schroeder represents a very important, and even brave, counter to irrationality. When the Surgeon General of the United States is forced to resign because the words "children" and "masturbation" appear in the same sentence, you know that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about sexuality. My own evolution as a researcher in the area of child sexual abuse is a model of how naivete can be corrected by knowledge. Some of my early research in sexual abuse of children led me to realize that sexual behavior was a reliable marker of victimization in a relatively large percentage of children (Friedrich, Urquiza, & Beilke, 1986). My blinders to sexuality were evident in that I had not even hypothesized that to be the case in this early, exploratory research. When I realized how important sexual behavior was, several colleagues and I set out to interview parents and foster parents of sexually abused children more specifically. These adults were routinely quite reactive to our queries.
  

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Contents

Normal Sexual Development
1
Physical Aspects of Sexuality
3
Masturbation and Other Sexual Behaviors
4
Sexual Play
5
Sexual Exploration with Adults
7
Adolescent Sexual Behavior
8
Knowledge of Sexuality
10
Sexuality Education
12
What Gets into Memory Varies in Strength
66
The Status of Information in Memory Changes
67
Retrieval Is Not Perfect
68
Guidelines for Assessment
71
The Referral
72
Parent Interview
83
Child Interview
85
Evaluating the Assessment Data
89

Sex Abuse Prevention
17
Summary and Conclusions
20
Sexual Problems
23
Sex Errors of the Body
25
Gender Identity Disorder
30
Etiology
32
LongTerm Prognosis
33
Treatment
35
Delayed or Precocious Puberty
37
Oversexualized and Sexually Aggressive Behavior
38
Sexualized Behavior
39
Preadolescent Sexual Aggression
41
Adolescent Sexual Offenders
42
Coercive Sexuality among Adolescents
44
Summary
46
Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
47
Prevalence
48
Perpetrators
49
Effects of Sexual Abuse
52
LongTerm Effects
56
Hidden Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
57
Sexual Abuse in Day Care Settings
59
Summary and Conclusions
61
Assessment of Sexual Abuse
63
Not Everything Gets into Memory
65
Treatment of Sexual Abuse
93
Treatment Issues
95
Research on Treatment Effectiveness
96
Treatment Approaches
98
Parent and Family Treatment
103
Group Treatment
104
Format for Immediate ShortTerm Treatment
105
Setting the Stage
107
Issues for Treatment
108
Indicators for LongerTerm Treatment
111
Treatment Cases Involving Nonsubstantiated Abuse
112
Summary and Conclusions
114
Sexuality and Mental Retardation
115
Sexual Development
117
Knowledge of Sexuality
119
Sex Education
120
Sexual Abuse
123
Assessment of Sexual Abuse
124
Treatment of Sexual Abuse
130
Sexual Offenders Who Have Mental Retardation
133
Assessment of Sexual Offenders
134
Treatment of Sexual Offenders
136
References
139
Index
153
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