A comparative study of therapy duration for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

 

Author(s)Kreidler, Maryhelen and Richard Einsporn
Title A comparative study of therapy duration for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Source Journal of Psychosocial Nursing,2012, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp 26-32
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary This study builds on a previous study by Kreidler (2005) which indicated that survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) benefited from 12 months of weekly group therapy. For this study participants, who were survivors of child sexual assault, were assessed after completing six months of group therapy. The participants also regularly saw an individual counsellor who was supportive of the group therapy. The instruments used in the study were the Beck Depression Inventory, the Symptom Checklist, the Responses to Childhood Incest Questionnaire and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. For all four instruments the women in the 6-month study group showed greater improvement than those in the 12 month comparison group. The study showed that the condensed, intensive therapy may not only be comparable but even more beneficial than longer-term therapy, and behavioural change can be accomplished through group interaction.
Keywords Sexual assault; CSA; survivors of child sexual abuse; group therapy
Topic Sexual assault