I was recently interviewed by an Australian production company about my work with adult men that have been victims of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The focus was on the research concerning this subject as well as how I specifically work as a clinician with men who present to me with these difficulties in my therapy office. For those who don’t know, I’ve written the definitive meta-analysis of sexual outcomes of adults who have experienced CSA, and my research won an award for original scholarship and was published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. You can access it here.
Anyway, the interviewer asked me a number of very poignant and powerful questions, and I thought this blog would be a good venue for discussing some of the most salient points that came out of the interview. Even though the interview focused on men, my thoughts in this article are applicable to all individuals. Once the interview is live, I will post it on my media page, so be sure and be on the look out for it and keep checking this site.
The foremost question that the interviewer wanted to know, and that is also on the forefront of a number of my clients’ minds is to what extent does CSA effect adult sexuality? This is a very complex question because it incorporates a number of contextual factors. According to both the research and my clinical experience, people experience trauma very differently and a lot of it depends on a complex mix of environmental and psychological factors. First, not everyone experiences trauma from a childhood abusive event. Indeed the following external criteria are […]