In the battle against family sexual abuse, most studies and research findings have examined the problem on a national level--but what about the studies that have been done at the local level? With contributions from practitioners and researchers, Family Sexual Abuse deftly explores the results of eleven research projects covering such issues as sibling incest, the background of sexual offenders, effects of sexual abuse on children, effects of offender removal from the home, effects of reunification, and the prognosis for incest offenders after treatment. While large, national studies provide information on major trends in family sexual abuse, this five-year look at Minnesota studies reflects the real impact of interventions in the context of local practitioners dealing with local problems. As such, these studies clearly demonstrate ...
Chapter 11: An Evaluation Protocol for Incest Family Functioning
An Evaluation Protocol for Incest Family Functioning
The study described here is part of a long-range research project on family sexual health that seeks to identify principles that facilitate positive expressions of intimacy and sexuality within the family. The overall project assumes that sexuality (both gender and erotic components) is a fundamental dimension of family experience that can contribute positively or negatively to the development and well-being of family members.
Our ecosystemic perspective on family sexual abuse concerns itself not only with the possible psychopathology of the perpetrator or the effects of abuse on the victim. We are also interested in disturbances in parent-child relationships, malfunctions among various family dyads (particularly the spouses), family role performance difficulties, ...