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NCJ Number: 137151 Find in a Library
Title: After the Nightmare: The Treatment of Non-Offending Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
Author(s): W Ovaris
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: Learning Publications, Inc
Holmes Beach, FL 34218-6651
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55691-041-X
Sale Source: Learning Publications, Inc
Marketing Manager
P.O. Box 1338
5351 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34218-6651
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book describes a variety of experiences which have been observed and shared with non-offending mothers of children who were sexually abused by someone in their families.
Abstract: Suggestions are proposed to help therapists assist non-offending mothers of children who were sexually abused to deal with the aftermath of their child's sexual abuse. The mothers encountered are diverse in their personalities, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, and it is an error to assume that their needs and responses will be identical. A non-offending mother's crisis begins with the disclosure or discovery of the abuse and, hopefully, also represents the conclusion of the incest and the beginning of the healing process for the child. The therapist needs to recognize that the mother may not have the immediate resources to focus all of her energy and attention on the well-being of her child and needs time and support for her own healing to occur.
Main Term(s): Family counseling; Incest
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Individual behavior; Psychological evaluation; Self concept
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