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Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization, 2nd Edition

July 23, 2013

Civic Research Institute

"The best book you'll read on the connections between victimization and health"—Sherry Hamby

Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization, 2nd Edition

By Kathleen Kendall-Tacket, Ph.D.


Format: Casebound Book

© 2013  426  pp.

ISBN 978-1-887554-90-9

List Price: $135.95

Title Code: LHE


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"Kendall-Tackett masterfully synthesizes a vast body of research and skillfully presents the essential knowledge on why victimization and health are linked."

—Sherry Hamby, Research Professor, Sewanee The University of the South

Founding Editor, Psychology of Violence

When the first edition of this landmark book was published ten years ago, it was hailed by medical and mental health experts and victim services professionals for gathering, organizing, and synthesizing widely scattered research on the relationship between medical symptoms and maltreatment in childhood, and, importantly, setting forth comprehensive best practices for diagnosis and care. 

Now completely updated and significantly expanded to reflect a decade of new research and clinical evidence, the 2nd edition of Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization is an essential resource for identifying and treating the health needs of adult survivors of abuse.

  • Explains why and how child abuse can lead to long-term chronic health problems for survivors
  • Provides best-practices for treating this vulnerable population without causing retraumatization
  • Details frequently encountered immune system, gastroenterological, and gynecological problems among survivors
  • Special focus on treatment guidelines for the three most commonly encountered conditions among trauma victims: depression, PTSD, and chronic pain

"In thisremarkable text Kendall-Tackett synthesizes theory and empirical data to arrive at a fascinating review of the impact of child abuse.  Examining multiple pathways across physiology, cognition, emotion, behavior, and social variables, she assembles a volume that is simply a tour de force for scientists, clinicians, and students of trauma."Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., VA National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorders & Boston University School of Medicine

Learn how childhood trauma makes people sick later in life—and understand the physiological, behavioral, social, and emotional pathways of trauma-induced illness


Get clinical guidelines for working with adult survivors of abuse in medical, mental health, and counseling settings


Manage symptoms and help survivors function better


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"This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date available on the impact of childhood trauma and adversity.  It has a clear and compelling model, a thorough review of the research, and a frank grasp of the complexity of the problem.  Throughout it is infused with a sense of compassion for survivors and a vision of how to heal."—David Finkelhor,Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire


"Offers needed information and hope for all survivors of abuse." Christine A Courtois, PhD, ABPP,Washington DC

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