n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder following childhood neglect, sexual abuse and revictimisation : interpretative reflections on the case of Khuselwa

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This paper describes the psychological assessment and treatment process with Khuselwa, a South African adolescent survivor of multiple sexual traumas presenting with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The paper identifies some of the common barriers encountered by practitioners in delivering treatments in local contexts and highlights the role of external safety and stability and social support in providing a vehicle for change and a basis for overcoming the psychological handicaps reinforced by repeated and multiple traumas and chronic neglect.

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