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Sexual Abuse and Consensual Sex
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Sexual Abuse and Consensual Sex
Women's Developmental Patterns and Outcomes


September 1993 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"A welcome addition to the plethora of books providing insight into the effects of sexual abuse on women, this volume examines the relationship between sexual experiences and psychosexual functioniong through the lifespan. Using structural equation modeling, the authors aim to provide a comprehensive synthesis of sexual functioning in women. The research emphasis is most welcome in a field notoriously lacking in theoretical constructs: the use of structural equation models does not always simplify this complex topic, but will no doubt prove to be a useful development to the study of outcome variables following sexual abuse. There are considerable methodological advancements provided by Gail Wyatt and her colleagues' approach to interviewing women about their sexual experiences, both abusive and consensual. Most notably, guidelines and strategies are offered which are helpful when considering the design of such research, and also for clinical practice with adult women survivors of sexual abuse. The focus on AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and their links to sexual abuse are also useful additions to previous work done in the "survivor" field. I would recommend this book, with one caveat: the structural equation models are not for the faint hearted."

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Women's Sexual and Psychological Functioning
 
PART TWO: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
 
Voluntary or Consensual Childhood Sexual Behavior
 
Adolescent Consensual/Sexual Behavior
 
Adulthood Consensual/Sexual Behavior
 
PART THREE: SOCIALIZATION AND THE FAMILY
 
Sexual Socialization of Children and Adolescents and Other Family Variables
 
Abusive Sexual Experiences in Childhood
 
Sexual Abuse in Adulthood
 
The Effects of Sexual Experiences on Psychological Functioning
 
Sex Guilt
The Need to Control One's Sexual Desires  
 
Sexual Satisfaction
 
PART FOUR: METHODOLOGY, RESULTS, AND DISCUSSION
 
Description of the Study and Methodology
 
Review of Previous Findings
 
Results of Structural Equation Model (SEM Analyses)
 
Discussion of SEM Results
 
Results of Moderator Analyses
 
Discussion of the Moderators of Women's Sexual Abuse Experiences
 
Discussion of Family Context Moderators
 
Discussion of Women's Behavior and Attitude Moderators
 
PART FIVE: IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS
 
Implications for Prevention and Intervention

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