Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- the Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teenage Survivors by Barbara Bean and Shari Bennett

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- the Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teenage Survivors by Barbara Bean and Shari Bennett

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BARBARA BEAN AND SHARI BENNETT: The Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teenage Survivors. Lexington Books, New York, 1993, 156 pp., $9.95.

This little book offers welcome additions to the treatment approaches for sexually abused teenagers. Only about 70 pages are actual text; the other half is styled in workbook format, with questions and plenty of room for fill-in-the-blank answers.

The authors have made a good effort to direct the book toward adolescents, but they are not completely successful. The text itself is too clinical and written in a serious and adult tone. The book would have been improved by being printed in a large-format workbook size, so that the teenager could sprawl on the floor with it. Also, pictures, visuals, graphics could have been included to make it more real for the reader. Some humor would have been a welcome addition. Though clinicians might find humor to be inappropriate in dealing with the subject of sexual abuse, teenagers use humor effectively to relieve tension and cope with fear and anxiety. Lastly, more case studies and excerpts of therapy sessions would have been effective. The excerpts that are included in the book are very emotional, very direct, and powerful, and contrast sharply with the stilted, clinical text of the book.

Bean and Barrett do take a broad sweep through the book in terms of clinical issues and are wise to include subjects such as family dynamics that are not immediately related to sexual abuse. …

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