n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Traumagenic dynamics as fundamental constructs in sexual trauma intervention : beyond Finkelhor and Browne

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



In the past two decades Finkelhor and Browne's work (1985) on four traumagenic dynamics has been quoted extensively in literature about child sexual abuse. Already in the late 1980's this work on traumagenic dynamics was expanded by James (1989) who described nine traumagenic states as well as indicating how these constructs can be used as frameworks for intervention. This article aims at examining and expanding the work of Finkelhor and Browne as well as the work of James on traumagenic states and to briefly indicate how these constructs can be utilised as intervention frameworks for sexually traumatised children. This article is based on a literature study, discussions with social workers and psychologists at workshops presented by the author, clinical supervision with social workers in the field of sexual trauma and experience in clinical practice with victims of child sexual abuse.

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