This wide-ranging anthology offers a variety of perspectives with excerpts from books and current articles from research journals, plus four original contributed articles. Topics covered include the major types of sex crimes and offenders, therapies, juvenile sex offenses, and nuisance sexual offenders. This book is designed as a stand alone or as a supplemental text to Sex Crimes, 2/e. Features of this text include: Cutting-edge articles by top scholars in the field Major units of the reader parallel and enhance the contents of Sex Crimes 2/e 

Cognitive Distortions among Women Reporting Childhood Sexual Abuse

Cognitive Distortions among Women Reporting Childhood Sexual Abuse

Cognitive distortions among women reporting childhood sexual abuse
Gina P.Owens, Kathleen M.Chard, University of Kentucky

Recent literature has suggested that many of the psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse, such as self-destructive behaviors, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, and sexual dysfunction, may begin with cognitive distortions about the self and the world that become part of a child's cognitive schema (Smucker, Dancu, Foa, & Niederee, 1995). Further research proposes that these schema distortions may contribute to the emotional distress experienced by many adult survivors of sexual abuse (Briere & Elliott, 1994).

Specific areas of cognitive distortions resulting from the trauma of sexual abuse typically occur around five principal areas: safety, trust, power, esteem, and intimacy (McCann, Sakheim, & ...

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