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April 2002Vol. 3, No. 3Sex Abuse Trauma? Or Trauma From Other Sources?

Gardner, Richard A. Creative Therapeutics, Inc., Cresskill, NJ. 2002. 366 pp. $57.95. Paperback.

Many sexually abused children have different reactions to the abuse they suffer and can exhibit anything from psychoses to almost no reaction at all. As with any problem related to abuse, other influences on the child, such as family troubles, can make identifying symptoms directly related to sexual abuse difficult. Choosing the appropriate treatment methods in this situation can be challenging. For evaluators working within the legal system, making the distinction between symptoms related to sexual abuse and those related to other sources is important, as the findings will help in determining legal damages, both compensatory and punitive. The author focuses on symptoms more commonly seen in sexual abuse and includes a literature review of current research, an overview of the assessment format, and details on scoring the protocol during the clinical evaluation. Various protocols include:

  • The Sexual Effects Group
  • The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Group
  • The Nonspecific Effects Group
  • The Projectives Group.

To purchase a copy, contact:

Creative Therapeutics, Inc.
PO Box 522
155 County Rd.
Cresskill, NJ 07626-0522
Phone: 800-544-6162 or 201-567-7295