n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Understanding complex post-traumatic reactions to child sexual abuse : an essential requirement for competent impact assessments

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This paper briefly examines early (pre-1990) conceptualisations of the psychological effects of child maltreatment, before proceeding to provide an overview of the complex post-traumatic perspectives on child maltreatment which has dominated contemporary understanding of the problem. The paper concludes by arguing that a comprehensive, evidence-based, understanding of complex post-traumatic reactions to child maltreatment is essential if helping professionals are to produce adequate impact statements.


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