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NCJ Number: 202140 Find in a Library
Title: Hyposexuality and Hypersexuality Secondary to Childhood Trauma and Dissociation (From Trauma and Sexuality: The Effects of Childhood Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Abuse on Sexual Identity and Behavior, P 107-120, 2002, James A. Chu, and Elizabeth S. Bowman, eds., -- See NCJ-202136)
Author(s): Mark F. Schwartz Sc.D.; Lori Galperin LCSW
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 14
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 explores the occurrence of hyposexuality and hypersexuality as the lingering after-effects of childhood trauma and dissociation.
Abstract: Human sexuality is a complex developmental system with little research that can provide an understanding of its functioning. The authors explore the way in which childhood trauma affects the bond between the child and the caregiver, which in turn influences the way in which the child responds to stressful situations. Research has shown that the quality of early attachments affects the ability to utilize others as a form of soothing and also affects the capacity for later adult intimacy. The authors show how early childhood trauma and dissociative reactions may disrupt the quality of attachments and have systematic effects on sexual arousal, desire, and pair bonding later in life. Highly individualized trauma-based and integrative therapies are recommended to resolve developmentally overwhelming events and to disrupt the expression of inappropriate sexuality. References
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse treatment; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual behavior
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