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Issues facing brothers of sexually abused children: implications for professional practice.

Hill, A. (2003) Issues facing brothers of sexually abused children: implications for professional practice. Child and Family Social Work, 8 (4). pp. 281-290. ISSN 1356-7500

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This paper draws on the author's experience of undertaking play therapy with the brothers of sexually abused children. It illustrates the range of difficulties that such boys may face and identifies implications for professional practice. Difficulties are understood as arising from the struggle to develop a coherent narrative about the abuse, often in the face of incomplete or contested information. The outcome is influenced by the nature of the child's attachment relationships with his non-abusing parents or carers, his abused sibling and with the abuser himself. This struggle for a coherent narrative about the sexual abuse can have a significant impact on the development of a sense of masculine identity, particularly when the abuser is the boy's own father and/or the abused child is male. In the context of increasing professional awareness of the need to support siblings of sexually abused children it is argued that there should be a specific focus on gender and identity issues for boys.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 13:24
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2009 13:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2206.2003.00291.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1046/j.1365-2206.2003.00291.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5864

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