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Love's Rope: The Interpersonal and Intrapsychic Psychodynamics of Child Sexual Abuse
by Gaddes, Benjamin M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 129; 1522826
Abstract (Summary)

The relational dynamics between perpetrators and victims of child sexual abuse are rarely discussed. Reviewing the corpus of literature on molestation, and aggregating heuristic inquiry and clinical work, the author investigates in depth the connective, and therefore erotic, psychodynamics of child sexual abuse. The result is a carefully woven portrait of the diverse interpersonal and intrapsychic subtleties of these relationships, through critical psychoanalytic, feminist, sociological, Jungian, mythopoetic, and empirical lenses; and the proposition of an expansive vision beyond understanding, toward collective healing and prevention. Rather than by erecting walls, eros’ wounds must be healed through deeper connections with ourselves and our gruesome shadows, with monsters, and with the seemingly hopeless. Love’s rope is a chain.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1522826
ISBN: 978-1-303-13176-9
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