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NCJ Number: 228548 Find in a Library
Title: Combined Therapy Model (Individual and Family) for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:53  Issue:5  Dated:October 2009  Pages:574-595
Author(s): Talia Etgar; Hadar Shulstain-Elrom
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines a therapy model that combines family and individual therapy for children with sexual behavior problems.
Abstract: Results suggest that a critical tool in the therapeutic program for children involved in sexual assault includes family therapy combined with risk assessment, group therapy, and individual therapy for children with sexual behavior problems and for other members of the family, as well as marital therapy for parents. Important issues for therapy, including boundaries, fear, family behavior patterns, and communication channels were also discussed. Therapeutic methods differ for children versus adolescents, as well as for those who have been sexually victimized. Also discussed was the treatment of minors who have not been sexually victimized, presenting as an example, one therapeutic model currently implemented in the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Aggression Among Children, Tel Aviv, Israel. The specifics of the model are detailed, along with topics for both individual and family therapy, and the expected outcomes from application of the model. Results for the use of this therapeutic model were evaluated by gathering data concerning recidivism and through collection of the feedback. None of the minors undergoing treatment reoffended; additionally, physical violence was either stopped or significantly reduced, and all participants reported enormous improvement in family relationships and communication patterns. References
Main Term(s): Israel; Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Child victims; Family histories; Family structure; Family support; Juvenile treatment methods; Parent-Child Relations; Sex offender treatment; Treatment effectiveness
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