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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.

Treating Adults Severely Abused as Children: The Self-Trauma Model
Treating adults severely abused as children: The self-trauma model

This chapter outlines an integrated approach to the treatment of adults severely abused or neglected as children. The theory on which it is based, hereafter referred to as the self-trauma model, incorporates aspects of trauma theory, self psychology, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy within a developmental perspective. The implications of this model are presented in terms of the specific process, content, and goals of abuse-relevant psychotherapy. It should be noted, however, that the long-term psychological effects of severe childhood abuse are often complex and frequently include difficulties beyond the trauma and self-disturbance addressed in this chapter. For additional information on abuse effects and treatment approaches, the reader is ...

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