Considerations of Dissociation, Betrayal Trauma, and Complex Trauma in the Treatment of Incest

  title={Considerations of Dissociation, Betrayal Trauma, and Complex Trauma in the Treatment of Incest},
  author={David M. Lawson and Sinem Akay-Sullivan},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  pages={677 - 696}
ABSTRACT Child sexual abuse committed by a parent (incest) is related to particularly severe physical and psychological symptoms across the life span. Incest is associated with low self-esteem, self-loathing, feelings of contamination, worthlessness, and helplessness, as well as somatization and low self-efficacy. A child’s negative constructions often are attempts to derive some meaning that justifies the incest, such as, “it is because of my badness that it happens to me.” Survival often… 
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