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February 05 , 2009

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse


The number of confirmed cases of child sexual abuse in the United States rose from 6,000 in 1976 to 113,000 in 1985 and rose again to 300,000 in 2000. Understanding Child Sexual Abuse explores the dynamics, effects, treatment options, and preventive measures available to both the children and the adults involved in child sexual abuse.Chapters provide:Emphasis and guidance on seeking counseling Pathways for victims to seek renewed, healthy, and productive lives Options available for rehabilitating abusers Personality traits common to abusers Victim responses to the trauma of abuse Outlines of work now underway to understand neurobiological aspects of disorders that may lead to abuse Appropriate treatments for victims and offenders An overview of recommended books, websites, and other resources for further readingEdward L. Rowan, M.D., is a retired psychiatrist in Exeter, New Hampshire. He is the author of To Do My Best: James E. West and the Boy Scouts of America, and his work has appeared in American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, and Journal of Correctional and Social Psychiatry.

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