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Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse: Proposal for an integrated treatment model

25 July 2005


Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can be a traumatic experience. Psychopathology associated with CSA may be long-term, manifesting as interpersonal difficulties. These interpersonal difficulties may complicate treatment of survivors of CSA. The aim of this literature review is to provide an integrated conceptualization of cognitive-behavioral and gestalt therapy to address deficits in the treatment of adult survivors of CSA, with an emphasis on symptomatology impacting interpersonal functioning. Cognitive-behavioral and gestalt therapy were selected for effectiveness and conceptualization of healthy functioning, respectively. Foundations and interventions from each theory are compared, and integrated model benefits are identified. Suggested benefits of integrating these approaches are identified. Finally, limitations and future directions are provided.


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