Sexual Abuse Reading List

This reading list was compiled by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on child sexual abuse by Network and other experts in the field.

Clicking on SUMMARY will open a new window with a summary of the selected article. We provide in-depth summaries for many of the works written by members of the NCTSN.

Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.

Ackerman PT, Newton JEO, McPherson WB, Jones JB, and Dykman RA. "Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric diagnoses in three groups of abused children," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 22(8): 759-774. 1998.doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(98)00062-3

Berliner L and Saunders BE. "Treating fear and anxiety in sexually abused children: Results of a controlled two-year follow-up study," Child Maltreatment vol 1(4): 294-309. 1996. SUMMARY doi: 10.1177/1077559596001004002

Browne A and Finkelhor D. "Impact of child sexual abuse: A review of the research," Psychological Bulletin vol 99: 66-77. 1986. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.99.1.66

Cohen JA, Deblinger E, Mannarino AP, and De Arellano MA. "The importance of culture in treating abused and neglected children: An empirical review," Child Maltreatment vol 6(2): 148-157. 2001. SUMMARY doi: 10.1177/1077559501006002007

Cohen JA, Deblinger E, Mannarino AP, and Steer RA. "A multisite, randomized controlled trial for children with sexual abuse-related PTSD symptoms," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 43(4): 393-402. 2004. SUMMARYdoi:10.1097/00004583-200404000-00005

Cohen JA and Mannarino AP. "A treatment study for sexually abused preschool children: Outcome during a one-year follow-up," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 36(9):1228-1235. 1997. SUMMARY doi:10.1097/00004583-199709000-00015

Cohen JA and Mannarino AP. "Interventions for sexually abused children: Initial treatment outcome findings," Child Maltreatment vol 3(1): 17-26. 1998. SUMMARY doi: 10.1177/1077559598003001002

Cohen JA and Mannarino AP. "Predictors of treatment outcome in sexually abused children," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 24(7): 983-994. 2000. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. SUMMARY doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(00)00153-8

Deblinger E, Lippmann J, and Steer RA. "Sexually abused children suffering posttraumatic stress symptoms: Initial treatment outcome findings," Child Maltreatment vol 1(4): 310-321. 1996. SUMMARY doi: doi: 10.1177/1077559596001004003

Deblinger E, Steer RA, and Lippmann J. "Maternal factors associated with sexually abused children's psychosocial adjustment," Child Maltreatment vol 4(1): 13-20. 1999. SUMMARY doi: 10.1177/1077559599004001002

Deblinger E, Steer RA, and Lippmann J. "Two-year follow-up study of cognitive behavioral therapy for sexually abused children suffering post-traumatic stress symptoms," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 23(12): 1371-1378. 1999. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. SUMMARY doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(99)00091-5

Finkelhor D and Berliner L. "Research on the treatment of sexually abused children: A review and recommendations," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 34(11): 1408-1423. 1995. SUMMARY doi:10.1097/00004583-199511000-00007

Gallo-Lopez L. "A creative play therapy approach to the group treatment of young sexually abused children." In Kaduson HG and Schaefer CE, eds, Short-term Play Therapy for Children 269-295. New York, Guilford Press. 2000.

Gorey KM and Leslie DR. "The prevalence of child sexual abuse: Integrative review adjustment for potential response and measurement biases," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 21: 391-398. 1997. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(96)00180-9

Kendall-Tackett KA, Williams LM, and Finkelhor D. "Impact of sexual abuse on children: A review and synthesis of recent empirical studies," Psychological Bulletin vol 113: 164-180. 1993. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.113.1.164

Saywitz KJ, Mannarino AP, Berliner L, and Cohen JA. "Treatment for sexually abused children and adolescents," American Psychologist vol 55(9): 1040-1049. 2000. SUMMARY doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.55.9.1040