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Historical Child Sexual Abuse 

Historical Child Sexual Abuse
Historical Child Sexual Abuse

Joanne Stubley

, Victoria Barker

, and Maria Eyres

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date: 07 December 2021

The chapter covers three areas in relation to historical child sexual abuse (HCSA). It reviews the historical perspective in terms of the response of psychiatry and psychotherapy and its relation to HCSA. It also examines the role of the mother in HCSA and it addresses a particular clinical issue which is the request for a gender-specific therapist made by those with a history of HCSA who are seeking help from services. Using a psychoanalytic understanding of this form of developmental trauma elucidates the underlying dynamics that are brought into the therapeutic encounter, the family dynamics, and within society.

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