Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse: An Integrated Guide to Treatment

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 257 pages
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How can we treat survivors of sexual abuse more effectively?
Sexual abuse against females is a serious problem in society and there is a need for a greater understanding of the presentation and treatment of adult survivors of sexual abuse. In Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Christine Baker combines her clinical experience with an innovative approach to the treatment of this problem.
Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse addresses the experience of 180 female adults who were sexually abused in childhood, and provides detailed analyses and treatment approaches. The subject matter is presented in an accessible and compassionate way, imparting personal opinion and experience. It covers:
* female survivors: their stories, and the evidence
* integration, the alliance and the therapist
* the survivor's journey to recovery
* the families, disclosure and the role of the mother.
This book enables the reader to "enter" the experience of the survivors and follow their progress to recovery, while highlighting the ever-changing state of knowledge in this difficult area. It will be invaluable to practitioners and students of clinical psychology, counselling, and psychiatry.
 

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Contents

Background to the book and its aims
3
Fact and fiction
9
Definitions and prevalence of CSA
27
The survivors Summary of descriptive variables in
38
Longterm effects of sexual abuse Empirical theoretical
54
PART II
71
Model integration and therapeutic alliance
81
Therapists personal characteristics and roles
91
The recovery of survivors Application of
113
Victoria
122
Rose
143
Florence
169
The case studies Closing remarks
192
The recoveredfalse memory debate
211
An uncertain future The resilience of paedophilia
219
Copyright

PART III
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Christine D. Baker is a consultant clinical psychologist practising in Jersey, providing a specialist service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is the co-editor of Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Problems, Routledge, 1993.

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