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Sexual abuse of latency age boys: Modules for peer-group treatment

22 July 1988


These modules are for the therapist working with sexually abused boys and are based on a review of the literature on that subject. The modules begin with data on the incidence and prevalence of male child sexual abuse, and the factors which affect the identification and reporting of boys as victims. Victimization of boys is compared to that of girls as reported in the clinical and empirical literature. Developmental issues relevant to latency age boys are explained in terms of cognitive, social and sexual development. The impact of abuse on boys of latency age is discussed in consideration of the variables that moderate the traumatic effects. Treatment modalities appropriate for male child victims of sexual abuse are reviewed with peer-group treatment identified as a potentially effective choice for latency age boys. The components and process of peer-group treatment are delineated and explained. The modules are divided into issues common to child victims of sexual abuse and are intended to be psychoeducational. They are introduced with recommendations for structuring and facilitating the group. Each module is formatted with an overview of each issue, an explanation of the implications of the issue for the child and for the facilitator, recommendations for imparting information to the children, and activities. The modules are followed by a description of assessment instruments for evaluating the effectiveness of this treatment program for boys sexually abused as children. An appendix provides a resource list for therapists working directly with sexually abused boys.


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