TITLE

Psychotherapy for sexually abused girls: psychopathological outcome findings and patterns of change

AUTHOR(S)
Trowell, J.; Kolvin, I.; Weeramanthri, T.; Sadowski, H.; Berelowitz, M.; Glasser, D.; Leitch, I.; Glaser, D
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
British Journal of Psychiatry;Mar2002, Vol. 180, p234
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Background: Controversy exists about the efficacy of psychotherapy for the mental health problems of sexually abused children.Aims: To compare the relative efficacy of focused individual or group therapy in symptomatic sexually abused girls, and to monitor psychiatric symptoms for persistence or change.Method: A multi-centre psychotherapy outcome study recruited 71 sexually abused girls aged 6-14 years who were randomly assigned to focused individual psychotherapy (up to 30 sessions) or psychoeducational group therapy (up to 18 sessions). Changes over the course of the study were monitored.Results: Both treatment groups showed a substantial reduction in psychopathological symptoms and an improvement in functioning, but with no evident difference between individual and group therapy. However, individual therapy led to a greater improvement in manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Conclusions: The beneficial effects on PTSD support the use of individual therapy. However, the small sample size and lack of a control group limit conclusions about changes attributable to treatment.
ACCESSION #
24907366

 

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