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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 chapters up to this point have focused on the more complex evaluation strategies that rely heavily on psychological measurement tools. However, I am acutely aware that the majority of maltreated children who enter therapy are never assessed, even minimally. This is despite the well-known fact that young children who enter foster care often present with a variety of mental health conditions that are both undiagnosed and untreated (Dale, Kendall, Humber, & Sheehan, 1999).

There are many occasions when brief screening is quite useful to the process of monitoring and investigation. For example, an in-home therapist may have questions about the true difficulties a child is having in school and choose to use a teacher rating scale. A parent raises concerns about sexual behavior in ...

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