Psychotherapy approaches for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

An integrative review of outcomes research

Donna S. Martsolf, Claire Draucker

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Abstract

This review synthesized results of 26 outcomes research studies and two meta-analyses that evaluated abuse-focused psychotherapy techniques for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Different therapeutic approaches delivered in individual, group, or combination formats were evaluated with pre/post test, quasi-experimental, or randomized control designs. Accumulated research findings suggest that abuse-focused psychotherapy for adults sexually abused as children is generally beneficial in reducing psychiatric distress, depression, and trauma-specific symptoms. No one therapeutic approach was demonstrated to be superior. There was little evidence about the effectiveness of individual versus group therapy or the optimal treatment duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-825
Number of pages25
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Sex Offenses
Psychotherapy
Survivors
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Group Psychotherapy
Psychiatry
Meta-Analysis
Therapeutics
Depression
Wounds and Injuries
Research

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Psychotherapy approaches for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse : An integrative review of outcomes research. / Martsolf, Donna S.; Draucker, Claire.

In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 26, No. 8, 10.2005, p. 801-825.

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