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NCJ Number: 148159 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:341- 348
Author(s): J Lindon; C A Nourse
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors describe a treatment approach for sexually abused girls using a groupwork model.
Abstract: The approach incorporated a skills component (anxiety control through relaxation, assertiveness training, goal setting, social skills training, problemsolving); a psychotherapeutic component (recognition of feelings, development of ego strength, identification with others, peer relationships); and an educative component (information on issues relating to sexuality, self-protection). Six girls, aged 13 to 17, who had been sexually abused, were assessed at the beginning and end of a 6-month period that included 16 group therapy sessions, each focusing on a specific theme related to sexual abuse. All of the girls showed improvements in self-esteem and confidence; increased ability to talk about problems and express feelings appropriately; increased ability to trust; decreased anxiety or increased ability to manage anxiety; improvements in peer and family relationships; and decreased feelings of guilt and shame connected to their abuse. 2 tables, 15 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Criminology; Victim services
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