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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 ...

Patterns, Themes, and Lessons
Patterns, themes, and lessons
Michael QuinnPatton

Taken one by one, chapter by chapter, each of the studies in this book is quite narrow in focus and limited in its contribution to our understanding of family sexual abuse. Taken together, these studies provide a panoramic collage of the tragic phenomenon of child sexual abuse. These studies focus on quite different populations and problems. They cover a full range of issues, from identification of sexual abuse to treatment of both victims and perpetrators, as well as investigation of the causes and correlates of family sexual abuse. That the whole is greater than the sum of the parts is no mere cliché in this instance. The themes, patterns, and insights that cut across these studies emerge ...

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