Working With Sexually Abused Children
abused children, sexual abuse, family therapy
Analysis of qualitative interviews with ten female therapists who were currently working with sexually abused children resulted in two major themes. The themes included the impact of working with sexually abused children on the therapist's personal and professional life and coping with stresses associated with working with sexually abused children. The major finding in study was the relationship between the therapists' ability to work effectively with abused children and having strong personal and professional support networks, therapist psychotherapy, colleague group interactions, debriefing/supervision sessions, and increased training. These themes are explored in depth, recommendations and implications for therapists in this field are provided.
Original Publication Citation
*Pistorius, K.D., Feinauer, L. L., Harper, J. M., Stahmann, R. F., & Miller, R. B. (2008). Working with sexually abused children. American Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 181-195.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Pistorius, Kinsey Drouet; Feinauer, Leslie L.; Harper, James; Stahmann, Robert F.; and Miller, Rick B., "Working With Sexually Abused Children" (2008). Faculty Publications. 2546.
The American journal of Family Therapy
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