The chapters in this book are intended to describe what is known and what is not known in several specific areas of childhood abuse. The opening interview with Roland Summit gives readers an opportunity to get acquainted with a pioneer in the field. An instrumental force in the study of child sexual abuse, Summit has indelibly impacted the work of the remaining authors and the field in general. The interview provides a personal and historical view of the development of the field and identifies problems and issues all professionals should be prepared to deal with.

A beginning chapter looks at the development of child sexual abuse research. Internationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and thinkers who have based their contributions on both research and practice experience emphasize the most critical unknowns in his or her area, reflecting on the subject much as Dr. Summit might have in the early days of finding out the now “knowns.” Chapters focus on sexual offenders, children's memory, adult memory for trauma, children as victims, treatment challenges of traumatized victims, victims in court, and treatment of dissociate identity clients.

An Interview with Roland Summit

An interview with roland summit

Dr. Corwin: Rol, why don't you just start at the beginning in terms of talking about your training, your interests, and how it is that you were drawn into this field of interest and concern?

Dr. Summit: That's a question that I've asked myself. And I've had to realize, looking back, that part of it is just who I am and what went into growing up. But then a lot was the circumstance of where I came into the field and at what time, and so I look at a series of kind of coincidental things that have added up.

One thing that I've seen as important is that my father was a guidance counselor. He spent his ...

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