ERIC Number: ED312524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
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Support Group Intervention for Adult Female Rape Victims.
Scottron, Kathleen V.
Staff of a rape crisis agency recognized the need for counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, but were unable to provide on-going counseling on a regular basis due to a staffing shortage. A support group for adult female rape victims was formed to reduce individual therapists' caseloads, to provide counseling services to a greater number of adult female clients, and to assist the women to regain control of their lives and to recover from their assault experience. The support group combined discussion, role-play, consciousness-raising, assertiveness training, and relaxation exercises to encourage the development of insight, growth, and the remediation of crisis reactions in the participants. The participants (N=8) in the support group completed self-evaluative questionnaires at periodic intervals throughout the 4-month program. Responses to the questionnaires indicated definite reductions in both somatic and psychological distress. These positive changes were attributed to the supportive intervention of the group. The development and implementation of support groups to meet the needs of various types of clients will enable the agency to continue to fulfill its goals and objectives of service and support to those who become the victims of intimate, yet violent, sexual assaults. The appendices include: the number of rapes by jurisdiction, year and month; a 20-item victims questionnaire; exit survey for group members; a needs assessment study of services to rape victims in Florida, 1984; the 1984/85 budget; and relaxation exercises. (ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.