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(p. 407) Addressing Sexual Difficulties and the Impact of Commercial Sexual Exploitation 

(p. 407) Addressing Sexual Difficulties and the Impact of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
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(p. 407) Addressing Sexual Difficulties and the Impact of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Author(s):

Esther Deblinger

, Anthony P. Mannarino

, Judith A. Cohen

, Melissa K. Runyon

, and Anne H. Heflin

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199358748.003.0016
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date: 15 December 2019

This chapter offers guidelines for evaluating, conceptualizing, and treating youth with sexual behavior problems or difficulties. After a review of assessment methods, guidelines are offered for (a) providing psychoeducation and relevant skill building to both youth and their parents in separate sessions, (b) developing and implementing parenting strategies to reduce the occurrence of problematic sexual behaviors and to enhance the children’s ability to express their sexuality and affection in healthy ways, and (c) conjoint sessions that foster clear, open, and positive parent-child communication about okay and not okay touches, healthy sexuality, and the sexual abuse. Factors to consider when working with youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation are outlined via a case example.

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