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Understanding Your Child's Sexual Behavior: What's Natural and Healthy Paperback – August 1, 1999

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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572241411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572241411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in South Pasadena, California. She has been working in the field of child abuse for over 30 years as a researcher, trainer and clinician. During this time Dr. Johnson's major focus has been on children below the age of 12 with sexual behavior problems, as well as their siblings and parents. She has written five books, two booklets, produced three therapeutic games, published numerous articles in refereed journals, and written book chapters on child sexual abuse and children with sexual behavior problems. These can be seen at her website www.tcavjohn.com.

As chairperson of a task force of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC), Dr. Johnson assisted in the development of Guidelines for Monitored (Supervised) Visits. Among other organizations, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the American Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association..

Dr. Johnson has been invited to lecture on child abuse in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Africa, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Canada and throughout the United States. She provides consultation to protective service workers, mental health professionals, attorneys, the police, probation and the courts in the areas of sexual victimization and perpetration, and domestic violence.

Dr. Johnson is in the process of retiring. Throughout her career she provided psychological evaluations and expert witness testimony in Civil, Dependency, Criminal and Family Law cases.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
We live in a time when fourth graders are suspended from school for "sexually harassing" little girls on the playground and the names of 10-year-old boys names are published as registered sex offenders Texas. Some publicly proclaim, "sex before 8 or it's too late." And the American Psychological Association was forced by a nationally known a radio advice show hostess to explain itself for publishing perfectly good, peer reviewed literature about the lasting effects of child sexual abuse, because it suggested the some politically unpopular (though scientifically supportable) conclusions. A sense of balance and fairness is badly needed and Dr. Toni Cavanagh Johnson provides a good dose of it in this book.
Children are sexual people and she isn't afraid to say so. But she also describes how their sexuality is different from adult sexuality and how the two don't mix without risking dire consequences for the child.
Dr. Cavangh Johnson describes normal childhood sexuality as one end of a continuum. Most children fit that description. A few are on the other end - sexually aggressive children who assault others. In between are sexually reactive and sexually pre-occupied children, also carefully described. Concerned adults are given guidelines for assessing their child's sexual behavior, putting it in context and acting without over-reacting, when action is indicated.
As a practicing psychotherapist and Continuing Education Instructor for Child Welfare social workers, I'm whole-heartedly recommending this thorough, yet short and easy-to-understand book to parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers and anyone interested in sexual development and sexual behavior of children.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kerry lindorfer on January 3, 2000
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This is a wonderful book explaining in simple language various levels of sexual behvior and development. Helpful to parents and professionals, you will be able to identify and recognize differences between normal, inappropriate and troublesome sexual behavior. Also helps parents understand how to talk to their children about sex at the child's developmental level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Kokish on November 7, 1999
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We live in a time when fourth graders are suspended from school for "sexually harassing" little girls on the playground and the names of 10 year old boys names are published as registered sex offenders in the state of Texas. Some publicly proclaim, "sex before 8 or it's too late." And the American Psychological Association was forced by nationally known a radio advice show hostess to explain itself for publishing perfectly good, peer reviewed literature about the lasting effects of child sexual abuse, because it suggested the some politically unpopular (though scientifically supportable) conclusions. A sense of balance and fairness is badly needed and Dr. Toni Cavanagh Johnson provides a good does of it in this book.
Children are sexual people and she isn't afraid to say so. But she also describes how their sexuality is different from adult sexuality and how the two don't mix without risking dire consequences for the child.
Dr. Cavangh Johnson describes normal childhood sexuality as one end of a continuum. Most children fit that description. A few are on the other end - sexually aggressive children who assault others. In between are sexually reactive and sexually pre-occupied children, also carefully described. Concerned adults are given guidelines for assessing their child's sexual behavior, putting it in context and acting without over-reacting, when action is indicated.
As a practicing psychotherapist and Continuing Education Instructor for Child Welfare social workers, I'm whole-heartedly recommending this thorough, yet short and easy-to-understand book to parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers and anyone interested in sexual development and sexual behavior of children.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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This book is an excellent reference for educators and parents of a child who has been abused, but it may not be what the average parent is looking for. If you are simply looking for ways to help your child develop a normal sexuality, a different book would be better. If you have a child with a persistent sexual behavior which disturbs you, then this is your book. It can help you decide what is normal, what is not, and what to do next. Some of the statistical information is confusing and poorly explained, but the practical information could be invaluable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gerry D. Blasingame, LMFT on December 12, 1999
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While this is not an introductory text, it does cover many topics that are areas of concern for parents. Since there are so many children who have been exposed to adult sexuality, abused, or just experimenting with growing up, it is important for parents and clinicians to be able to access accurate and uncomplicated information. Dr. Cavanagh-Johnson has articulated this well in this book. A very good read.
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