• September/October 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 5

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The Abuse of Men: Trauma Begets Trauma

Brothers, B. J. (Editor). Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, NY. 2001. 132 pp. $17.95. Paperback.

A history of childhood physical or emotional abuse may cause men to experience difficulty with intimacy in adult long term relationships. The lingering impact of childhood trauma may lead to repetition of the generational cycle of abuse, with 30% of those abused as children growing up to abuse their own families. Men also may be affected by the abuse of their intimate partners. Because up to 60% of female sexual abuse survivors meet the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, their male partners may begin to experience vicarious trauma during long term relationships.

Haworth Press published this title simultaneously as the Journal of Couples Therapy, volume 10, number 1.

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