A comparison of two programmes for victims of child sexual abuse: a treatment outcome study

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Title: A comparison of two programmes for victims of child sexual abuse: a treatment outcome study
Authors: Nolan, Margretta
Carr, Alan
Fitzpatrick, Carol
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5286
Date: Mar-2002
Abstract: This study aimed to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of individual therapy and combined individual and group therapy in the treatment of the psychological sequelae of child sexual abuse. The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL), the Youth Self Report form (YSR), the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) and the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) were administered before treatment and 6 months later to a group of 20 young people who participated in individual therapy (IT) programmes and to a group of 18 young people who participated in programmes that involved combined individual and group therapy (IGT). For both types of programmes, statistically significant improvement occurred on the following scales: the total problems, internalizing problems, externalizing problems, withdrawn, somatic complaints, anxious/depressed, social problems, attention problems and aggressive behaviour problems CBCL scales; the total depression, interpersonal problems and anhedonia CDI scales; and the depression and anger TSCC scales. The only scale for which one therapy programme led to greater improvement than another was the CDI ineffectiveness scale. The IGT programme led to a reduction in the mean CDI ineffectiveness score, whereas a slight increase in the mean ineffectiveness score occurred in the IT group. There were no significant differences in the rates of clinically significant improvement associated with the two treatments and no major differences between cases who improved and those that did not improve over the course of therapy. From this study, it may be concluded that after 6 months, individual therapy and combined individual and group therapy were equally effective in the treatment of the psychological sequelae of child sexual abuse.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright (published version): 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords: Child sexual abuseTreatment outcome
DOI: 10.1002/car.727
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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