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NCJ Number: 202138 Find in a Library
Title: Dissociation and Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity: A Contextual Approach to Conceptualization and Treatment (From Trauma and Sexuality: The Effects of Childhood Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Abuse on Sexual Identity and Behavior, P 59-82, 2002, James A. Chu, and Elizabeth S. Bowman, eds., -- See NCJ-
Author(s): Steven N. Gold Ph.D.; Robert E. Seifer M.S.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Medical Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Sale Source: Haworth Medical Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter argues that there is a relationship between dissociation and sexual addiction/compulsivity (SAC) among childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors.
Abstract: Despite the wide body of literature about childhood sexual abuse (CSA), relatively little is known about how CSA impacts the expression of sexual addiction/compulsivity (SAC). After reviewing the literature and explaining the etiology of SAC, the authors argue that treatment which targets the dissociative elements of SAC helps clients to understand the nature of their behavior and, thereby reduce the desire to engage in SAC. Clinical observations of CSA clients revealed that they tend to display poor recall of SAC events, complaining of a truncated awareness or a feeling of being in a trance during the event. The authors assert that helping clients to remember SAC events enables the clients to become less dissociative when participating in future SAC events. Once the clients are able to build an understanding of the etiology behind the SAC behavior, which occurs through an awareness of the dissociative nature of the behavior, the desire to engage in future SAC will decrease. As such, the authors argue that treatment of SAC for CSA survivors should focus on the dissociative elements of the behavior in order to disrupt the behavior. References
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Sexual addiction
Index Term(s): Long term health effects of child abuse; Treatment intervention model; Treatment techniques
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