In Treating Secondary Victims the author builds upon a foundation of both the research literature on incest victims and families, as well as her own clinical experience to provide a conceptual framework for intervention and treatment of the non-offending mother.

Understanding the Impact of Incest on the Nonoffending Mother

Understanding the impact of incest on the nonoffending mother

What is special about doing psychotherapy with the nonoffending mother in the incest family, and why might a book devoted to this topic be important? When I first began to work with children who had been sexually abused and their family members, there was little to guide my understanding of the mother's unique dilemma. Yet it became apparent to me early on that to truly help children who were molested by parental figures, not only were more effective treatment strategies needed for the children but for the nonoffending mothers and offenders as well. Whether the offender was the father, stepfather, or even the mother's boyfriend, the necessity for ...

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