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Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men Paperback – January 3, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1572306448 ISBN-10: 1572306440 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572306440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572306448
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Betrayed as Boys is a thoughtful and perceptive contribution. Dr. Gartner's voluminous and sensitive clinical material illuminates the difficulties, dilemmas, and rewards of working with sexually traumatized men. Here are insights and useful observations in abundance. This book belongs in the library of all clinicians who treat the victims of childhood sexual abuse." --Richard P. Kluft, MD Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Co-editor, Clinical Perspectives on Multiple Personality Disorder

"This book helps to bring psychodynamic psychotherapy back to its roots, and to lift the veil that has too long obscured the childhood sexual abuse of males. It would be a useful text in a graduate course dealing with the treatment issues of males." --Mic Hunter, PsyD, author of Abused Boys, editor of The Sexually Abused Male

"This much-needed contribution to the trauma literature informs clinicians, researchers, and scholars about the tragic consequences for men who were sexually traumatized as boys. Gartner's presentation of extensive clinical vignettes bespeaks an author who is theoretically sophisticated and clinically experienced, and who has the courage to present his work forthrightly. The book is scholarly, beautifully written, and infused with an affectively gripping immediacy. It is an important and long-overdue resource for anyone interested in a more thorough understanding of the sexual abuse of boys and its sequelae." --Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, Nyack, NY, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse

"I was moved and inspired by Betrayed as Boys....Although published in 1999, the theories remain not only contemporary but cutting edge in the field of boyhood sexual victimization....This work distinguishes itself alongside the literature on female sexual abuse. It remains fresh and is an indispensable text in the field of male sexual victimization. Dr. Gartner, a preeminent psychoanalyst, provides the reader with an interior view of the rugged, complex, and frequently ambiguous terrain of how it feels, what it is like, and what clinicians need to understand to treat this most challenging population."--Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
(Journal of Trauma and Dissociation 2001-01-05)

"[A] comprehensive, insightful book....Should be of great interest to all therapists working in this burgeoning area of clinical practice."--American Journal of Psychotherapy
(American Journal of Psychotherapy 2001-01-05)

"Relevant and rewarding to clinicians of all theoretical orientations. The book is especially valuable in building bridges between psychoanalytic concepts and newer conceptualizations of trauma and its treatment. Gartner's treatment of masculine gender identity and intimacy issues for both heterosexual and homosexual males is especially sensitive and compelling."--Psychiatric Times
(Psychiatric Times 2001-01-05)

"This book is recommended reading whether abuse is the focus of treatment or not. Gartner presents effective strategies for dealing with such difficult childhoods by blending insights from trauma work with his interpersonal psychoanalytic perspective. In this much-needed volume, Gartner presents new information and new enlightenment that help unravel the tangled cultural, developmental, and dynamic issues that shape men's reactions to early sexual abuse."--The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
(The Psychoanalytic Quarterly 2001-01-05)

"This volume provides important tools not only for clinicians working with individuals, families and groups, but also for educators and others interested in psychodynamic perspectives on trauma, gender, and sexuality."--Digest of Neurology and Psychiatry
(Digest of Neurology and Psychiatry 2001-01-05)

"Gartner offers a scholarly and clinically astute contribution to an increasingly rich body of literature on the traumatic aftermath faced by men who were sexually abused as boys. He discredits some harmful myths....Abundant and perceptive clinical vignettes evoke deep and often disquieting responses....This is important reading for everyone working with sexually abused men; for psychodynamic psychotherapists and students, it is required."--Readings
(Readings 2001-01-05)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Tessier on September 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Gartner's work deconstructs sexuality in ways that a layman (like me) can understand. He then takes its components and explains how each of them is affected when a boy experiences sexual abuse. He shows us the myriad of possibilities a therapist might face in the adult who emerges from that abuse. And, bravely, he shows us the therapist as a human being who doubts, rejoices, struggles -- all while working in the (often highly charged) moment with the patient.

BETRAYED AS BOYS is an excellent, highly accessible distillation of vastly complex topic. And it's fascinating to read.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Richard Gartner has compiled an excellent text that reviews the current literature of childhood abuse, its treatment & the hope for solace for the adult survivor. This is one of the first books directed at males (another excellent book is Victims No Longer). Complete with case summaries and indepth review of issues facing male survivors in their past & present lives, this book comes with my highest recommendation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Wilwerding on November 13, 2010
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I've been on a journey to consciously understand my emotional isolation among relations with most people in general. Initially ignorance fed me lies in the pop culture that exist in todays internet social world, about my boyhood sexual abuse feelings. I sought psychotherapy and was helped and healed emotionally but the experience lacked the global cognitive explaination of what had happened to me. Dr. Gartner bravely describes what historically culturally is denied yet today, non-contact sexual abuse exists yet today. Socially and in religion it is excused within the context of a mother parenting by using physical punishment of her son. That instance is sheilded from any perception or intention of sexual harm to the child. His own professional example of feeling misbilieved by his professional peers during a conference and the shock and isolation of feeling betrayed and ignored was an excellent comparison to the male victims sense of isolation at the prospect that no adult will believe he's been sexually abused from incidences of childhood corporal punishment experiences by a mother. If your looking for a psychological literature source to feel acknowledged and understood about your sexual abuse feelings and psychological symptoms with a clear explaination of psychosexual abuse in non-contact form about your male child sexual abuse experiences comming from a female caregiver which our culture excuses for various reasons when it occures in a mother parent to child son punishment context you will find an understanding confidant in this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Psychologist NJ on June 7, 2010
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As an experienced professional who has worked with many people with trauma histories, I can attest to the fact that Dr. Gartner's book is a significant contribution to our field. The complexities of his book would appeal to any clinician who works with sexual abuse survivors. What I also found is that while Dr. Gartner specifically speaks to the issues and dynamics of sexually abused men, there is much relavance to clinical work with sexually abused women. It is truly a MUST read for professionals who work with this population (male or female). On another level, his book is written such that a lay reader, or perhaps someone who has experienced abuse, would find it appealing as it compassionately, nonjudgmentally, and thoroughly illustrates many of his clients' experiences.
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