Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men

Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men

by Richard B. Gartner


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In the growing professional literature on child sexual abuse, few books focus specifically on the experience of victimized boys and men. Interweaving vital elements of psychodynamic and trauma-oriented clinical practice, this much-needed volume examines how sexual betrayal affects boys, the ways they carry this hurt into adulthood, and how therapists can address the unique needs of men with sexual abuse histories. Exploring the impact of abuse on men's emotional development, gender and sexual identity and relationships, the book provides in-depth consideration of individual and group treatment issues. Numerous case examples draw readers into the direct experience of these clients and the clinicians who work with them and illuminate their continually shifting relational world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572304673
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 04/09/1999
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard B. Gartner, PhD, trained as both a family therapist and an interpersonal psychoanalyst. A graduate of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City, he is now Director of the Institute's Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma as well as founder and Director of the Sexual Abuse Program that operates under the Center's auspices. He has written and spoken extensively on the treatment of men sexually abused as boys. Dr. Gartner is a consultant and supervisor at the Center for Abuse and Incest at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, is on the editorial boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization. He practices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

1. The Sexual Betrayal of Boys
2. Encoding Sexual Abuse as Sexual Initiation
3. Struggles about Masculinity
4. Same-Sex Abuse
5. The Familial and Cultural Context of Abuse
6. The Effect of Chronic Boundary Violations
7. Dissociation and Multiple Self-States
8. Intimate Relatedness
9. The Patient-Therapist Dyad
10. Gender and the Therapeutic Relationship (with Sue A. Shapiro)
11. Group Therapy


Clinicians working with individuals, families, and groups; educators and students interested in psychodynamic perspectives on trauma, gender, and human sexuality.

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