Incest and Sexuality: A Guide to Understanding and Healing by Wendy Maltz and Beverly Holman
Written for adult incest survivors, their intimate partners, and therapists, Incest & Sexuality was the first psychology resource to detail how sexuality is influenced by early abuse and explain what steps can be taken to reclaim a positive, healthy sexual attitude. Wendy remembers writing it by hand on a yellow legal pad and later literally “cutting and pasting” (with scissors and glue!!!) the typed versions of early drafts to make edits. While understandably a bit dated now, given how old it is, it remains a groundbreaking healing guide filled with stories, concepts, and heart-felt ideas that are timeless and still relevant to people today.
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Incest and Sexuality is a professional classic. It was first published by Lexington Books in 1987 and later republished by Jossey-Bass until it went out of print. It sold over 80,000 copies. ISBN: 066914083-X hardcover, ISBN: 066914085-6 paperback.
Table of Contents
- Sexuality: Why Bother?
- The Exploitation of Children
- Family Influences: Fathers, mothers, children, family patterns
- How Survivors Coped during Molestations
- Effects of Incest on Self-Concept
- Messages about Sexuality and Sex Roles
- Anxieties about Relationships
- How Incest Affects Sexuality: Emergence, orientation, experience
- How Survivors Can Help Themselves
- Survivors and Partners Working Together
- Getting Professional Help
- The Survivor’s Choice
- Appendixes and Resources
Praise for Incest and Sexuality:
“This book is a splendid resource for both laypersons and professional; it provides practical self-help information for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and valuable insights for clinicians.”
–Suzanne Sgroi, M.D.
“The book is clear, well-organized, and well-written. It fills the gap for in-depth information about the impact of child sexual trauma on the adult survivor’s sexuality. It will serve as a valuable resource to both clinician and survivor.”
–Dr. Eliana Gil, author of Outgrowing the Pain