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

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Gay Men and Childhood Sexual Trauma: Integrating the Shattered Self

Cassese, J. (Editor). Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, NY. 2000. 225 pp. $22.95. Paperback.

Clinical treatment of adult gay male survivors of childhood sexual trauma requires specialized knowledge and understanding of the complex interplay of forces within the context of their experiences. The authors of this text discuss gender socialization, imprinted arousal patterns, the abuse of gender atypical boys, and the effects of childhood sexual trauma on the adult intimate relationships of gay men. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mixed sexual orientation survivor groups are two forms of treatment explored. There has been a dearth of research on the sexual trauma histories of gay men, but one study is presented, and directions for further research are suggested.

Haworth Press published this title simultaneously as the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, volume 12, numbers 1 and 2.

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