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Chapter 3I’m Really Really Scared and I Feel So Bad—Children Who Have Been Exposed to Adult Sex Play
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It is also true, however, that one cannot always generalize so broadly, despite the fact that psychoanalysts have been able to demonstrate the roots of much psychopathology in the experience of being present at parents’ sexual intercourse. That children are overstimulated by such an event, especially if it occurs repeatedly, cannot be denied. The developmental phase in which a child was exposed, and how the particular conflicts related to this phase have affected the child’s perceptions, are, however, of crucial importance. Coren and Saldinger (1967) have demonstrated the genesis of visual hallucinosis in connection with primal scene exposure.