Year: 2014 Source: Psychotherapy Review.(2000).2(10):469-472. SIEC No: 20140173

Adults who were maltreated as children carry around with them the impact of delayed, unresolved, “stigmatized” loss (Sprang & McNeil, 1995). According to the descriptions of stigmatized grief, the incidents giving rise to the loss happen suddenly, are associated with violence, result in others fearing contagion and blaming the victim and result in victims believing they should have done something to prevent the events, or that they deserve what happened.

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