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1st Edition

Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse

ISBN 9780415139847
Published July 4, 2002 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

How can we treat survivors of sexual abuse more effectively?
Sexual abuse against females is a serious problem in society and there is a need for a greater understanding of the presentation and treatment of adult survivors of sexual abuse. In Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Christine Baker combines her clinical experience with an innovative approach to the treatment of this problem.
Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse addresses the experience of 180 female adults who were sexually abused in childhood, and provides detailed analyses and treatment approaches. The subject matter is presented in an accessible and compassionate way, imparting personal opinion and experience. It covers:
* female survivors: their stories, and the evidence
* integration, the alliance and the therapist
* the survivor's journey to recovery
* the families, disclosure and the role of the mother.
This book enables the reader to "enter" the experience of the survivors and follow their progress to recovery, while highlighting the ever-changing state of knowledge in this difficult area. It will be invaluable to practitioners and students of clinical psychology, counselling, and psychiatry.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to the Book. Female Survivors: Their Stories, and the Evidence. Introduction: Background to the Book and its Aims. Fact and Fiction. Definitions and Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse. The Survivors Summary of Descriptive Variables in a Group of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children. Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse: Empirical, Theoretical, and Clinical Considerations. Part II: Integration, the Alliance, and the Therapist. Introduction: Model Integration and Therapeutic Alliance. Therapist's Personal Characteristics and Roles: My Experience. Part III: The Survivors' Journey to Recovery. The Recovery of Survivors: Application of a "Three Stage" Working Model. Victoria. Rose. Florence. Closing Remarks. Part IV: The Families, Disclosure, and Role of the Mother. The Survivors' Families and the Impact of Disclosure. Part V: Further Considerations. The "Recovered/False" Memory Debate. An Uncertain Future: Closing Remarks in Light of the Apparent Resilience of Paedophilia and the Role of Society. Epilogue. Appendix - Recommended Reading for Treatment Issues Raised in Chapters 9, 10, 11. Notes from Chapters. Bibliography.

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Christine D. Baker is a consultant clinical psychologist practising in Jersey, providing a specialist service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is the co-editor of Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Problems, Routledge, 1993.


'Anyone dealing with the problem of sex abuse survivors in their therapeutic work will find this book relevant and immensely useful. It is a book that not only gives information and ideas, but also leaves an impact on the reader. I recommend this book with confidence.' - Sexual and Relationship Therapy