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Sexual Abuse of Males

The SAM Model of Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By Josef Spiegel


560 pages

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This comprehensive text is one of the first to tackle the grave matter of the sexual abuse of boys, in all its complexity, within a biopsychosocial context and from different vantage points. Based on the life histories of more than one thousand sexually abused boys and adult males with histories of childhood sexual abuse, Sexual Abuse of Males examines the myriad biological, psychological, interpersonal, familial, and social variables that underlie and impact the experience of childhood sexual abuse. Guided by research and informed by practice, this pioneering text presents an extensive review of the literature, a well-grounded theoretical model of abuse dynamics and effects, a systematic model of treatment. This information is further elucidated through compelling case illustrations that highlight the effects of sexual abuse with regard to biological, psychological, and social adaptation, and development.


"Sexual Abuse of Males: The SAM Model of Theory and Practice is a major addition to the literature on the abuse of males and a breakthrough in understanding the complexity of its aftermath. Dr. Spiegel notes that sexual abuse professionals are in a unique position to tell the truth and, with this book, it is clear that he is taking a leadership role in doing so. This book has much to offer, and I recommend it to therapists and male survivors alike." - From the Foreword by Christine Courtois,Ph.D., author, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines

"This book is the most thorough and complete presentation and discussion of sexual abuse of males (SAM). It is an essential reading for all practitioners because the percentage of patients who have suffered sexual abuse is much higher than most realize. This book is also useful for those who assess and treat female victims. It is a gem for those of us who assess these victims and suggest treatment. This book is easy to understand and to read." -Harvey Armstrong, Book Review, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Canada Journal Psychiatry, Vol 51, No 4, April 2006

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Development of the Sam Model. Assumptions of the Sam Model. The Sam Model of Dynamics and Effects. Application of the Sam Model. The Sam Model of Philosophy and Practice. Preparatory Empathy. The Sam Model Treatment and Objectives. The Sam Practice Model: An Analogy. Interventions for Sam. From Sam. References. Additional Resources. Index

About the Author

Josef Spiegel, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist in private practice at Wellsprings Psychotherapy & Consultation in Asheville, North Carolina

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health