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A Developmental-Contextual Approach to Child Sexual Abuse

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This presentation focuses on a developmental-contextual model of understanding the impact of child sexual abuse within the context of whole life experiences.

Differential outcomes, ranging from no apparent symptoms to the development of offending behaviors, will be explored within a matrix of variables relevant to the child’s individual experience of and unique adaptation to the abuse. This workshop presents the work product of the Kempe Children’s Center’s “Perpetration Prevention Study Group.” The work of the Study Group has been summarized in the book Web of Meaning: A Developmental-Contextual Approach in Sexual Abuse Treatment, Gail Ryan & Associates, 1999, Safer Society Press. 

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