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NCJ Number: 120490 Find in a Library
Title: Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook
Author(s): T S Trepper; M J Barrett
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 293
Sponsoring Agency: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87630-560-5
Sale Source: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
Marketing Manager
325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Incestuous abuse of children in a family can be halted as a result of therapy and, in many cases, without disuniting the family; furthermore, the severe psychosocial stress that results from and contributes to incest can be ameliorated through intensive treatment.
Abstract: This guide to therapeutic treatment of incest is based on the Multiple Systems model, the underlying assumption of which is that every family has a degree of vulnerability arising from four factors: environmental or sociocultural perspectives, family-of-origin or the influence the parents' families had on their views of marriage and childrearing, individual personality and psychopathology, and family systems including interactions and communications styles of family members. If there is a precipitating event (such as drug or alcohol use, acute stress, or a unique opportunity) and the family's coping skills (including social networks, strong religious beliefs, and the use of therapy or self-help groups) are inadequate, incest can occur. The Multiple Systems Model is advantageous over the perpetrator-victim and family systems models because its complexity increases the number of clinical options and allows for processing more varied information, it encourages treatment where it is needed, it has practical meaning in terms of the cause of the incest, and it can be used by therapists from differing clinical-political orientations. 1 appendix, 179 references.
Main Term(s): Family counseling; Incest treatment
Index Term(s): Sex offense causes; Treatment techniques
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