State of the Science: Group Therapy Interventions for Sexually Abused Children

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Abstract

Research investigating the use of group therapy treatment for sexually abused children is limited. This paper aims to review the current state of the science of group therapy and its outcomes with children and adolescents under age 18 who have experienced sexual abuse. A literature review was conducted which located eight articles meeting the inclusion criteria of this paper. These outcome studies utilized a wide array of theoretical orientations and intervention delivery, as well as an assortment of outcomes measurement. While the studies lacked consistency, there is some support that group therapy formats to treat sexually abused children and adolescents may be effective across a range of symptoms. Implications for practice, policy, and future research are discussed.

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