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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.  

Attachment-Related Assessment
Attachment-related assessment

The quality of parent-child attachment is directly related to the overall adjustment of the sexually abused child. In fact, there is a growing body of research that indicates the centrality of parent-child relationships in the adjustment of sexually abused children (Friedrich, 1988a; Rind, Tromovitch, & Bauserman, 1998). For this reason, the assessment of relationship quality is critical to a valid evaluation. The importance of attachment is why it is the first dimension reviewed in this text.

This chapter reviews a range of assessment strategies designed to evaluate the quality of the parent-child relationship and assist the clinician in making inferences about attachment security. The tools include an interview protocol and observation procedures. A number of self-report and projective measures that assess the quality ...

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