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.

Contextual Considerations in the Engagement of the Mother

Contextual considerations in the engagement of the mother

In beginning to plan for treatment of the mother in the incest family, the therapist must take into consideration her social context. Although gender is a primary organizing factor and brings with it the array of counter-transference issues discussed earlier, race, ethnicity, class, and her specific family history are important aspects of the woman's social situation.

Race and Ethnicity

The introduction of these factors early on in the discussion of assessment and treatment is meant to underscore their importance. The tendency to decontextualize clients, to speak of “the sexually abused child” and the “nonoffending parent” without reference to the clients' racial, ethnic, class, and cultural heritage, often has the impact of ...

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