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Experts in both child physical and sexual abuse are brought together in this volume, which focuses on both child and adult survivors. Contributors explore innovative treatment and prevention approaches, such as school and community violence prevention programmes, and preparation of children who have to testify in court.

Trauma-Specific Therapy for Sexually Abused Children
Trauma-specific therapy for sexually abused children

A trauma-specific approach to treating children who have been sexually abused has become the convention in the years since large numbers of abused children have been referred for treatment. The approach rests on two basic assumptions: (a) Abuse experiences have specific negative psychosocial effects, and (b) treatment effectiveness is enhanced when abuse-related outcomes are explicitly linked with the abuse experience as part of the therapeutic process. There is substantial support for the premise that sexual abuse is associated with negative psychological consequences (for reviews, see Beitchman, Zucker, Hood, da Costa, & Akman, 1991; Kendall-Tackett, Williams, & Finkelhor, 1993). Evidence for the effectiveness of treatment for sexually abused children is sparser, in part, because relatively ...

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