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Author Hunter, Sally V.

Title Childhood sexual experiences : narratives of resilience / Sally V. Hunter.

Published Abingdon, UK : Radcliffe, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  616.858369 HUNT    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 212 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index.
Contents 1. Childhood sexual experiences -- 2. Damaged goods? What we already know about childhood sexual experiences -- 3. Normal sexual development -- 4. A silence recently broken -- 5. The need to remember and the need to forget -- 6. Protecting and helping others -- 7. Justice at any cost -- 8. Remaining defiant -- 9. Kids and adults that don't tell -- 10. Drawing together the threads of resilience -- 11. Gender differences in the development of narratives of resilience and disclosure -- 12. How to heal relational injuries caused by childhood sexual experiences -- Appendix 1. Ten week, step-by-step recovery programme -- Appendix 2. Research methodology -- Appendix 3. Limitations of research methodology.
Summary Sexual relations between children and adults is a highly controversial issue, and is usually framed as child sexual abuse. However, not all people regard their childhood sexual experiences as abusive or having an impact on their lives. Without detracting from the significant trauma of child abuse, this book seeks to explore divergent narratives of childhood sexual experiences, in particular to examine the factors leading to resilience in adversity or reduced perceptions of severity. The chapters look at the current literature on child sexual abuse and experiences, family and environmental protective and risk factors, the psychology of disclosure, coping mechanisms, gender differences, affect on sexuality, and the implications for therapy, and draws upon the narratives of adults who describe their perceptions - in childhood and adulthood - of their experiences. The outline of a ten week recovery programme is also included.
Subject Child sexual abuse -- Psychological aspects.
Adult child sexual abuse victims -- Psychology.
Children and sex.
ISBN 9781846193378