Research shows child sexual reactivity is the least understood most stigmatized forms of child abuse (Burton & Meezan, 2004). While it is the least understood kind of child abuse, there is also minimal research to educate society. The purpose of this study was to present a phenomenological research study was to understand the characteristics of child offenders and adult offenders, while examining the characteristics of Reactive Attachment Disorder. In addition, the purpose was to understand the lived experience clinicians have had working with reactive children. Understanding the experiences clinicians had while working with reactive children could help to identify other ways to help children heal from sexual reactivity. Research participants included 10 clinicians in the State of Florida. Through triangulation, participants were interviewed using semi-structured questions, field notes and peer review. The phenomenological results of this study add to the research literature. The differences among child and adult sexual offenders are explored as well as an exploration of characteristics of Reactive Attachment Disorder. It is hoped that this research can help counselors, counselor educators and supervisors as well as researchers working with the sexually reactive youth population in the future.
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Child offenders, Child sexual abuse, Counseling, Reactive attachment, Sexual abuse, Sexual reactivity|
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