Title

Working With Sexually Abused Children

Keywords

abused children, sexual abuse, family therapy

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-06-14

Publisher

The American journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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