Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men

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Guilford Press, 2001 - Psychology - 356 pages
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More than one in six boys in the United States in sexually victimized by the age of 16. Yet in the growing professional literature on child sexual abuse, few books focus specifically on the experience of victimized boys and men. This much-needed volume examines how sexual betrayal affects boys and the ways they carry this hurt into adulthood. Blending psychoanalytic understanding with insights from trauma-orientated theory and practice, Richard B. Gartner presents effective strategies for meeting the unique therapeutic needs of men with sexual abuse histories. Filled with evocative clinical material, the book draws readers into the direct experience of these clients, the therapists who work with them, and the constantly shifting relational world they inhabit.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Sexual Betrayal of Boys
11
Encoding Sexual Abuse as Sexual Initiation
42
Struggles about Masculinity
59
SameSex Abuse
90
The Familial and Cultural Context of Abuse
113
The Effect of Chronic Boundary Violations
139
Dissociation and Multiple SelfStates
153
The PatientTherapist Dyad
232
Gender and the Therapeutic Relationship
266
Group Therapy
295
AFTERWORD
322
CrossReferences to Personal Histories
325
REFERENCES
326
INDEX
347
Copyright

Intimate Relatedness
187

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Richard B. Gartner, PhD, trained as both a family therapist and an interpersonal psychoanalyst. A graduate of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City, he is now Director of the Institute's Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma as well as founder and Director of the Sexual Abuse Program that operates under the Center's auspices. He has written and spoken extensively on the treatment of men sexually abused as boys. Dr. Gartner is a consultant and supervisor at the Center for Abuse and Incest at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, is on the editorial boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization. He practices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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