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Authors: Elizabeth Krimendahl Wolf and Judith L. Alpert

Title: Psychoanalysis and Child Sexual Abuse

Subtitle: A Review of the Post-Freudian Literature

Journal: Psychoanalytic Psychology

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Year: 1991

Pages: 305-327

ISSN: 0736-9735 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1939-1331 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Research: History of Psychoanalysis; Types: Child Sexual Abuse


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Authors: Judith L. Alpert, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Abstract: »This article reviews the post-Freudian psychoanalytic literature that focuses on child sexual abuse. Most of the articles reviewed are case presentations; there is little new theoretical work and few empirical studies. The present review focuses on the nature and effects of abuse; the parental dynamics in incestuous families; treatment issues and outcomes; and theory. The review results in the following observations: (a) Father-daughter incest is the form of abuse most frequently indicated in these articles; (b) little literature exists on the abuse of boys; (c) the effects of sexual abuse are often serious and enduring; (d) little literature exists on treatment issues, specifically whether and how analysis should be modified with sexually abused population; (e) there is no consensus about what is curative; and (f) treatment outcomes vary widely. Although contributions to the psychoanalytic literature on child sexual abuse have increased dramatically in the last 10 years, further investigation is indicated. The article concludes with a discussion of some areas for additional work.« (Source: Psychoanalytic Psychology)

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