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Thesis

Group therapy for female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse

13 December 1999

Abstract

Group therapy interventions with female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse are investigated. An extensive literature explores issues of adult women survivors of sexual abuse, but few researchers address the impact of sexual abuse on adolescent girls or the specifics of interventions with this population. The purpose of this thesis is to review the literature dealing with group therapy interventions with female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. Various symptomology that have been identified as characteristic of this population are briefly discussed and rationales for use of group therapy over individual therapy are presented. This review found that there are many unique models and interventions for working with this population and that there is support for the notion that group therapy models facilitate recovery. However, while many clinical successes are reported in the literature, there are remarkably few studies that assess outcome with psychometrically sound measures. Research that informs practice is needed to definitively determine the efficacy of group treatment with female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse


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