Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook

Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook

Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook

Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

This work is an important new edition of a classic study-one of the few exhaustive examinations of childhood sexual abuse available-with 40 percent new material.

Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to provide a survey of the available literature and other resources on the topic of childhood sexual abuse and to direct readers to sources for further research. The literature and resources available provide insight into the causes, treatment, and prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Tremendous growth in knowledge and research has occurred in this field in recent years, and this book provides a resource for students, writers, and researchers as well as professionals in the field.

Thoughts and attitudes toward childhood sexual abuse have changed over the years. Earlier, many people believed that if children were sexually abused, they had brought the abuse on themselves by somehow seducing the adult, and that they were not harmed by this contact. Over time, however, the attitude that children were responsible for any sexual abuse they experienced changed to the realization that the adults involved were responsible, not the children. The extent and seriousness of the effects of sexual abuse have also been recognized and studied, from earlier attitudes that little damage was done to a child who was fondled or otherwise abused to the current understanding that the effects of this abuse can be manifested in many ways and can indeed be serious. This book reviews current knowledge and resources in order to help the reader understand the issues involved in this important and timely topic.

This book, like other books in the Contemporary World Issues series, provides a balanced survey of the resources available and a guide to further research on the topic of childhood sexual abuse. Chapter 1 reviews the literature concerning types of sexual abuse, causes, effects, indicators of childhood sexual abuse . . .

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