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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.  

Variability in Sexually Abused Children
Variability in sexually abused children

A central difficulty in the assessment of sexually abused children and adolescents is the fact that their emotional and behavioral presentation is quite variable. There is no single “profile” of a sexually abused child, nor is there a single profile of an incestuous father or a sex offender. Rather, there are clusters of symptoms that on examination can appear related. With the passage of time, they may be transformed into something that can appear unrelated—for example, an angry boy with numerous peer conflicts and sleep problems at age 5 may become an isolated underachiever at age 12. Thus, variability and complexity of response are central aspects to a child's response to maltreatment.

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