n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Understanding complex post-traumatic reactions to child sexual abuse : an essential requirement for competent impact assessments
|Article Title||Understanding complex post-traumatic reactions to child sexual abuse : an essential requirement for competent impact assessments|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||88 - 97|
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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