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NCJ Number: 155462 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Feelings on Professional Judgment
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:99-102
Author(s): C A Fargason Jr
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An article by Mitchell and Melikian offers important insights into therapy for male sex offenders that are worthy of attention by all professionals involved in the child sexual abuse field.
Abstract: Transference is defined to include feelings a patient has toward a therapist that do not befit the therapist but rather reflect the patient's past personal experiences. The reaction in the reverse direction by the therapist toward the patient is often referred to as countertransference. The basic premise of the article by Mitchell and Melikian is that therapists caring for male sex offenders can have countertransference reactions that are disturbing to the therapist and that may interfere with the therapeutic process. The commentary on the article agrees that professionals in the sexual abuse field can experience many troublesome countertransference reactions. These reactions may include violent or sexual fantasies about pediatric victims and parents, as well as overly positive feelings about offenders. The commentary concludes that all professionals involved in the sexual abuse field should have a working knowledge of the countertransference phenomenon and should recognize their sadistic and humanistic feelings and manage the impact of such feelings on patient care. 9 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Corrections; Male offenders; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Sexual assault victims
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