Childhood sexual abuse: From conceptualization to treatment

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Summary: The paper proposes a conceptualization of the experience of fatherdaughter childhood sexual abuse
through five traumagenic constructs to further understand the outcomes of it. The uniqueness’s of childhood sexual
abuse compared to other forms of child abuse, in terms of symptoms and treatment principles, is described.
Findings: The 5-citraumagenic constructs are: Soul’s homelessness - the split between the body and mind, captured in time - the present and future as reflections of the past, entrapped in distorted intimacy - lack of authenticity,
betrayal entrapment -the all in all betrayal, and re-enactment - the need to relive the experience. Application: Principles required for interventions are drawn according to the traumagenic constructs; intensity,
authenticity, and integration between body sensations, feelings, and thoughts
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment
Issue number259
StatePublished - 2015


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