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NCJ Number: 68993 Find in a Library
Title: JANE - AN ABUSED CHILD
Corporate Author: American Lutheran Church
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: American Lutheran Church
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Correctional Service of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: CASSETTE 222
Sale Source: Correctional Service of Minnesota
1427 Washington Avenue, South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A YOUNG WOMAN RELATES THE ABUSIVE EXPERIENCES WHICH MARRED HER CHILDHOOD AND DESCRIBES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY IN HELPING HER TO COME TO TERMS WITH HERSELF.
Abstract: JANE WAS THE SURVIVOR OF TWINS BORN TO A MOTHER WHO DID NOT WANT CHILDREN. HER MOTHER BEAT HER, AND WHEN FORBIDDEN BY JANE'S FATHER TO ADMINISTER ANY FURTHER DISCIPLINE, EXHIBITED NO AFFECTION OR ENCOURAGEMENT TOWARD HER CHILD. AT AGE 6, JANE UNWILLINGLY SUBMITTED TO THE PHYSICAL ATTENTIONS OF AN OLDER MAN, THE HUSBAND OF A COUPLE WITH WHOM SHE SPENT SEVERAL WEEKS VACATION EVERY SUMMER. SHE HAD NO ONE TO ASK FOR HELP BECAUSE SHE WAS AFRAID THAT HER FATHER WOULD THINK BADLY OF HER, AND THAT SHE WOULD LOSE HIM, TOO. FROM THAT TIME ON, SHE MISBEHAVED INTENTIONALLY. SHE WAS LEFT ALONE WHEN HER PARENTS DIED DURING HER EARLY TEENS. A MARRIAGE IN HER MID-20'S FAILED. ALTHOUGH HER HUSBAND PHYSICALLY ABUSED HER, SHE STAYED WITH HIM BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT HE NEEDED HER HELP. AFTER HER DIVORCE, SHE SOUGHT COUNSELING. PSYCHOTHERAPY HAS TAUGHT HER THAT SHE HAD BEEN TRYING TO LIVE UP TO HER PARENTS EXPECTATIONS. SHE ALSO HAS LEARNED TO THINK WELL OF HERSELF AND HAS GAINED A FEELING OF HIGH SELF-ESTEEM, ALONG WITH A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE TO PURSUE HER LIFE. IN HER OWN VIEW, PSYCHOTHERAPY HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR HER TO ENJOY LIFE AND TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS AS THEY COME.
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Domestic assault; Psychological victimization effects; Psychotherapy; Sex offenses; Victimization
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