Book Reviews -- Treatment of Adult Survivors of Incest (Clinical Practice Series) Edited by Patricia L. Paddison

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When I first saw this small book I thought it was incredibly presumptuous to attempt a meaningful presentation of the treatment of adult incest survivors in such little space. However, as I read it, I was pleasantly surprised. Each of the six collected articles provided a pleasant blending of a review of the topic along with an in-depth discussion of some issues. All the articles provided a wealth of current information in a clearly written and readable style.

The book begins with a thorough, descriptive chapter on the relationship patterns in incestuous families. This chapter discusses interventions in pathological family patterns with a focus on confronting the perpetrator as a method of changing the pathological family dynamics. The second chapter describes a group treatment program and includes a subjective and objective evaluation of treatment benefits. Chapter three offers an overview of the treatment of the survivor's psychosexual functioning. Sexual functioning is usually damaged by incest, but all too often receives less than optimal attention in treatment. The fourth chapter contains an up-to-date and in-depth discussion of dissociation as a result of sexual trauma. …