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Males at Risk: The Other Side of Child Sexual Abuse

NCJ Number
F G Bolton Jr; L A Morris; A E MacEachron
Date Published
222 pages
This text analyzes child sexual abuse, emphasizing that current definitions of child sexual abuse are too narrow to be useful clinically and presenting a process for use by clinicians in the evaluation and treatment of the multiple adverse effects of sexual abuse of young males.
Thus, it focuses not only on overt sexual contact but also on covert sexually abusive events that produce dysfunctions. The authors define and present an Abuse of Sexuality model, which assumes that sexuality develops from infancy forward and may be either nurtured or abused in many ways. The text also presents a diagnostic and treatment model and explains its use with adult males and with male children. This multi-remedial approach rests on behavioral and cognitive-behavioral concepts as well as on other approaches. Guidelines are given for assessing personal victimization, personal and family history, personality characteristics, emotional dysfunctions, interpersonal dysfunctions, sexual dysfunctions, and deviant sexual responses. Treatment techniques for addressing these issues are also detailed. Tables and 459 references.