Treating Secondary Victims: Intervention with the Nonoffending Mother in the Incest Family


Virginia C. Strand

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    This book is dedicated to the hundreds of mothers of sexually abused children who have shared their lives with me and from whom I have learned most of what I know about the experiences of the nonoffending mothers of sexually abused children.


    I want to thank a number of people without whose support this book would not have been possible. First, I thank Mary Ann Quanta, dean of the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, for her trust in the process and her practical assistance in granting me course reduction to help the development of the book along. I also want to express my great appreciation to my friends and colleagues who read all or part of the manuscript and provided invaluable feedback and encouragement. They are (in alphabetical order) the following: Barbara Bernstein, Steve Forrester, Valerie Homan, Kenneth Lau, and Pat Lemp. Finally, special gratitude is due to Melinda Schneider, without whose tireless patience in tracking down references and typing endless revisions, this effort would not have come to fruition. Again, thanks to you all.

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    About the Authors

    Virginia C. Strand, MSW., is Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, as well as the director of Children FIRST, a research and training institute that supports programs focused on enhancing intervention with children and their families. She continues to maintain a psychotherapy practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of sexually abused children and their family members and has worked directly for more than 20 years with nonoffending mothers. Prior to coming to Fordham University in 1988, she supervised specialized treatment programs for incest victims and their families at two different mental health clinics, one in New York and one in Minnesota. She currently lives in White Plains, New York.

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