• January/February 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 1

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The Relational Trauma of Incest: A Family-Based Approach to Treatment

Sheinberg, M.; Fraenkel, P. Guilford Publications, Inc., New York, NY. 2001. 240 pp. $23.00. Hardbound.

Seeking to provide new understanding of incest and its effects on children, the authors present their treatment strategies for family therapy. They define relational trauma as a disruption in the child's sense of safety, security, loyalty, and trust, and contend that this inhibits the child's ability to connect and communicate with nonoffending family members, limiting the therapeutic process. The relational treatment model works by reinforcing the child's protective family relationships, and empowering family members to help the child resolve emotional and behavioral symptoms.

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