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Designed for professionals in the field of child maltreatment, this authoritative book presents a compelling theoretical framework that guide’s assessment of children and adolescents who have been sexually abused and their parents. The book is designed to make it easier for clinicians to select a number of measures or procedures across three dimensions that have considerable clinical relevance – attachment, dysregulations, and self-perception. Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families features in particular the assessment of sexually aggressive children and an extensive set of interview formats, checklists, and other forms that clinicians will find especially useful in evaluating children and their families. The book is also richly illustrated with case studies.  

The Purposes of the Psychological Evaluation of Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents
The purposes of the psychological evaluation of sexually abused children and adolescents

On one level, the sexual abuse of a minor represents something very simple—a serious wrong has been committed. However, children's adaptation to their victimization is a very complex process. If we expect to treat the consequences of trauma, we must be able to understand the complexity of victimization and its attendant features. An objective perspective is critical to understanding maltreatment and the diversity of its impact. Psychological evaluation can provide this critical perspective.

There are many challenges to the objective understanding of trauma and its impact. First, sexual trauma is highly variable across victims. Consequently, the assessor is never evaluating a consistent set ...

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