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NCJ Number: NCJ 133366     Find in a Library
Title: Mother's Book: How To Survive the Incest of Your Child
Author(s): C M Byerly
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 59
  Annotation: Based on the author's own experiences in working with survivors of sexual abuse and their families as well as the case histories of coworkers in a rape crisis center and women's shelter, this book provides information intended to help the mothers of incest victims cope and deal positively with what has happened.
Abstract: The first chapter provides information on some of the ways in which children have disclosed incest, common reactions of mothers to the disclosure of father-daughter incest, and helpful coping techniques mothers have used during this stressful time. Some case histories are discussed. The subsequent chapter addresses the needs of mothers following disclosure. Some of the topics discussed are memories of clues that the incest was occurring, relationship with the offender, the need to be assertive, the additional problem of being a battered woman, and the special difficulties when the child victim is a male or the mother is a lesbian. Suggestions pertain to the giving of priority to one's own needs, the development of a personal record, and how to find support. A chapter on the reporting of child sexual abuse considers what problems should be reported, the role of child protective services in dealing with incest, the sequence of events likely to occur at and after the report, parental rights in the legal process, and possible civil suits. A section on parenting issues reviews questions that commonly come to the minds of mothers of incest victims. Some cultural issues that arise in the context of dealing with incest are then discussed followed by a discussion of common religious issues and the dynamics of incest and how it can be prevented. 8 references and a directory of services in the United States
Main Term(s): Incest
Index Term(s): Parent education ; Child abuse situation remedies ; Parental attitudes
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8403-5376-6
Sale Source: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co
4050 Westmark Drive
P.O. Box 1840
Dubuque, IA 52004
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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