Restoration of the Self Following Sexual Loss

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 189. Reviews the book, When Part of the Self is Lost: Helping Clients Heal After Sexual and Reproductive Losses by Constance Hoenk Shapiro (1993). This book is extremely well conceptualized and is organized into three principal areas. The first section addresses the general issues of attachment and loss in the context of sexuality and subsequent coping with the loss. The author provides a succinct summary of many theoretical positions involving grief and loss and concentrates on the affective and behavioral components of accepting the loss of a part of oneself. Distinctions are made between bereavement, mourning, and grief, especially in a clinical setting, and the author focuses on the latter throughout the book. This is an outstanding book for those interested in various types of sexual and reproductive losses. These losses not only produce isolated, short-term grieving, but they also can lead to the loss of a person's identity, esteem, and self. Shapiro provides incredible insight for those interested in facilitating discovery, recovery, and personal growth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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