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NCJ Number: 148782 Find in a Library
Title: From Trauma To Understanding: A Guide for Parents of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
Author(s): W D Pithers; A S Gray; C Cunningham; S Lane
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Florence V Burden Foundation
New York, NY 10020
Safer Society Press
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
Sale Source: Safer Society Press
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Directed to parents who have learned that their child under age 12 has a sexual behavior problem, this manual aims to help parents understand and change their child's behavior.
Abstract: The authors emphasize that parents who have just learned of their child's sexual behavior problem may experience a wide range of overwhelming feelings and thoughts, including anger, fear, guilt, embarrassment, shame, loneliness, and numbness. Their feelings may go through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Parents need to understand the stages of normal sexual development from birth through preadolescence and how it is determined whether a sexual behavior is normal or abusive. The reasons children abuse others, the role and nature of treatment, methods parents should use to take good care of themselves, and effective methods for dealing with therapists and government agencies are detailed. Home-based interventions are also listed, including decreasing the opportunity for sexual abuse, teaching sexual safety and privacy rules, encouraging open communication, limiting experiences that increase sex thoughts, interrupting and redirecting the misuse of power, correcting faulty thinking, and staying calm. Lists of recommended reading and resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Child development; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; Psychosexual behavior
Note: Safer Society Series - Number 10
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