Precursors to Offending and the Trauma Outcome Process in Sexually Reactive Children

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (Impact Factor: 0.75). 01/1992; 1:33-48. DOI: 10.1300/J070v01n01_03

ABSTRACT The authors delineate five precursors that lead to vulnerability to acting out sexually in children who have been victimized. Fielhor's preconditions for sexual perpetration are reviewed and applied to work with sexually reactive children ages 4- 12. The authors present he "Trauma Outcome Process" as an approach differentiating responses to trauma as self-victimizing. assaultive, andlor healthy coping. This article stresses that victims of sexual abuse make choices in their emotional and behavioral responses to trauma. This approach has implications for treatment.