From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk

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From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk examines the relation between child sexual abuse (CSA) and adult sexual health outcomes in men and women. An emerging body of literature suggests that children who experience sexual violence are more likely to engage in sexual risk behavior and, consequently, may be vulnerable to many negative reproductive and sexual health problems as adults. These problems include unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and adult sexual violence. In this singular volume, leading researchers and clinicians integrate research from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, traumatology, and prevention science, to bridge the current scientific literatures on CSA, basic trauma research, and clinical practice. Chapters identify the theory and research-based cognitive, affective, social, and behavioral consequences of trauma that influence both sexual health and sexual risk behaviors in adulthood. The volume also highlights new approaches that begin to translate these findings into interventions for people who have experienced CSA. This comprehensive resource delineates an emerging field of research that will help set a new course for study and treatment in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The book discusses the effects of child sexual abuse on adult health experiences. It integrates current research and covers many areas. It also provides suggestions for future research and intervention.
Purpose: According to the editors, "the first goal of this book is to synthesize and bring attention to the growing scientific literature about sequelae of CSA (child sexual abuse), particularly sexual revictimization (e.g., experiencing sexual violence or rape with another person) and sexual risk (e.g., having multiple sexual partners, unprotected sexual intercourse). Toward this end, we bring together research from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, traumatology, and prevention science, to better understand the relationship between CSA and adult sexual risk and to explore opportunities for prevention." The editors add that, "overall, the book does not concentrate on clinical applications." The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: According to the editors, "the book contains information that will be helpful to those working with people who have a history of CSA." I believe that researchers and educators would probably benefit the most from this book. The editors and contributors are credible authorities.
Features: The book begins with a description of what we know about child sexual abuse. It goes on to explore theoretical bases for adult risk and revictimization. Lastly, it provides interventions to promote healthy behavioral alternatives. This book also includes research involving CSA and men. However, the majority of the book emphasizes the experiences of women because the prevalence rates are so much higher among women. The editors and contributors have provided a tremendous amount of research for the reader to review, which is one of the strengths of this book.
Assessment: I appreciated the way this book thoroughly addresses the topic. It includes research addressing both genders, which is somewhat unusual. The book spends a lot of time on the relationship between CSA and HIV risk, which is critical in this day and age. The interventions in Part IV are nicely discussed and provide hope for child sexual abuse survivors.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470304
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,429,121
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Risk: Where Are We Now? 3
II Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Risk in Adulthood 11
Ch. 1 Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Relationships: Review and Perspective 13
Ch. 2 Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Revictimization 49
Ch. 3 Sexual Abuse of Girls and HIV Infection Among Women: Are They Related? 69
Ch. 4 Sexual Abuse of Boys: Short- and Long-Term Associations and Implications for HIV Prevention 93
III Theoretical Bases for Adult Risk and Revictimization: Cognitive, Social, and Behavioral Mediators 115
Ch. 5 Cognitive and Attitudinal Paths From Childhood Trauma to Adult HIV Risk 117
Ch. 6 The Link Between Child Sexual Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior: The Role of Dissociative Tendencies, Information-Processing Effects, and Consensual Sex Decision Mechanisms 135
Ch. 7 Toward a Social-Narrative Model of Revictimization 159
Ch. 8 Child Sexual Abuse and Alcohol Use Among Women: Setting the Stage for Risky Sexual Behavior 181
Ch. 9 Translating Traumatic Experiences Into Language: Implications for Child Abuse and Long-Term Health 201
IV Interventions to Promote Healthier Sexual Outcomes Among Child Sexual Abuse Survivors 217
Ch. 10 Integrating HIV/AIDS Prevention Activities Into Psychotherapy for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors 219
Ch. 11 Child Sexual Abuse and HIV: An Integrative Risk-Reduction Approach 233
Ch. 12 Trauma-Focused Versus Present-Focused Models of Group Therapy for Women Sexually Abused in Childhood 251
Ch. 13 Sexual Assault Revictimization: Toward Effective Risk-Reduction Programs 269
V Conclusion 297
Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Risk: Where Do We Go From Here? 299
Author Index 311
Subject Index 329
About the Editors 345
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