June 1982

Sexually Abused Children and Their Families,

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of California, Irvine California College of Medicine Irvine, CA 92717


edited by Patricia Beezley Mrazek and C. Henry Kempe, 271 pp, $25, Elmsford, NY, Pergamon Press Inc, 1981.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(6):565. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970420089034

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At last, there is a book that attempts to put sexual abuse into a context. At this point in our understanding, any context or framework is welcome; to find one with which I am so comfortable is sheer joy. Although increasing numbers of case reports, anecdotal accounts, and now seemingly geometrically expanding demographic data are being published, a central or theoretic structure has been lacking. This is not surprising because this sociologic phenomenon was barely recognized as a problem ten years ago. Mrazek and Kempe accomplished what others failed to do: they produced a book that puts sexual abuse of children into the context of the family. Overall, they succeeded in defining sexual abuse, describing legal problems, and clarifying therapeutic and research considerations.

The theme of the family is central to this book and is its most intriguing aspect. Especially welcome is the chapter on the growth and psychosexual development

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