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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.  

Assessment of Self-Perception
Assessment of self-perception

A central focus in this book is on the highly interpersonal process of attachment (Table 7.1). The reader may wonder about including such an intrapersonal process as the self in this book. Although the self is traditionally viewed as an individual formulation, the child does not exist in isolation, and a more accurate phrase for any individual is self-other (Nakkula & Selman, 1991). In keeping with the developmental focus of this book, it is also critical to assert that the self is an active, cognitive construction, continually undergoing developmental change (Harter, 1983). The past decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in the self, and practitioners have come to appreciate that a positive self-image is part of adaptive functioning (Harter, ...

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