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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.  

Theoretical Framework for Assessment
Theoretical framework for assessment

The mechanisms by which maltreatment produces pathology in the victim are not well understood. One common perspective is in terms of regression or fixation (Freud, 1966). This assumes that the trauma so derails the developmental course that the child is forever at some earlier stage of development. In fact, we have all heard people say something like, “Isn't he stuck at about 2 years old?”

However, fixation fails to appreciate the fact that the child is always developing. It is not as helpful or accurate a perception as one that views pathology as involving development along an unusual or atypical pathway, rather than as the child persisting in functioning at a primitive level. Maladaptation needs to be viewed as ...

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