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NCJ Number: 74659 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse of Children - Implications for Treatment
Corporate Author: American Humane Assoc
American Assoc for Protecting Children
United States of America
Editor(s): W M Holder
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 115
Sponsoring Agency: American Humane Assoc
Denver, CO 80231
American Humane Assoc
Englewood, CO 80112
Sale Source: American Humane Assoc
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This collection of eight articles covers the assessment and treatment of sexually abusing families, with particular emphasis on father-daughter incest.
Abstract: An overview of sexual abuse in contemporary American society details characteristics of the sexually abusing family and provides three hypothetical case histories to illustrate intervention difficulties. In the second article, data on father-daughter incest collected by the National Study on Child Neglect and Abuse Reporting are analyzed, including social and economic characteristics of the family as well as intervention approaches used. Then, guidelines for psychiatrists regarding the evaluation of false accusations and false denials in investigating alleged incest are presented. The constraints on delivery of services to sexually abusing families are reviewed, followed by a discussion of indicators of incest, intervention strategies, and interviewing techniques. Specific areas where workers may encounter problems are described, including attitudes of both professionals and families, noncooperation of adults, and interviewing the victim. Workers' responses to the family in the initial stage of treatment are considered because reporting of sexual abuse places an already disturbed family into a crisis situation. Based on experiences of the Family Resource Center in New Mexico, psychological methods of assessing sexually abusing families are examined, particularly drawings made by the victim. Family therapy is proposed as the ideal treatment. The final paper concerns diagnosis and treatment of father-daughter incest. Several articles contain tables, diagrams, and references. A bibliography of approximately 350 references is provided.
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Family offenses; Incest
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