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NCJ Number: 194911 Find in a Library
Title: Man's Recovery From Traumatic Childhood Abuse
Author(s): Robert B. Knight; Mark Falstein
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 314
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7890-1065-8
Sale Source: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Biography
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author, a trained therapist as well as a survivor of childhood abuse, tells the story of his recovery from sadistic, incestuous sexual abuse.
Abstract: Although this book contains the author's recollections of being violently and sadistically abused as a child, it is essentially about healing from the psychological and emotional pain inflicted by the abuse and from the destructive coping behaviors and mental states (drug and alcohol abuse, sexual dysfunction, amnesia). Based on the author's journal and research notes, the book is structured in a chronology of painful, frustrating, failed, and helpful experiences in the journey of healing. The chapters discuss the author's experiences with hypnotherapy, the struggle to distinguish fact from fantasy in his memory, the rewards and frustrations of his amnesia about being abused, his battle with alcohol and drugs, dealing with self-hate and his hate toward his parents, his difficulties in sexual relationships, and his journey from one ego state to another in the course of healing. The author acknowledges that he is still in the process of healing, of learning how to cope with the self forged by the abuse while developing a new self that both accepts and attempts to deal constructively with the abuse and its consequences. He concludes with a description of his efforts to maintain a positive relationship with a mother and father who perpetrated his abuse but have not themselves been able to face up to what they have done. A 95-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse; Child abuse treatment; Long term health effects of child abuse; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment techniques
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