ERIC Number: ED350500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-14
School-Based Interventions with Child and Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse.
Beasley, Carol; Christenberry, Nola J.
The harmful effects of sexual abuse on children are no longer debatable, yet adequate legal action and protective services often are not provided for child and adolescent victims. With the rate of confirmed child sexual abuse victims escalating to more than 350,000 cases per year, the role of schools in meeting the specific needs of these children must be considered. Recent studies of the characteristics of sexual abuse treatment programs and interventions have yielded suggestions for the use of school-based programs. Several authors have specified the need for interventions by trained school counselors or school psychologists with the child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse. Treatment approaches have included group, family, and individual therapy. An overview of more specific methodology gleans a number of useful techniques, including anger management, role playing, imagery homework, and bibliotherapy. Letter-writing, creative writing, and poetry therapy have also been described. The literature yields very little evidence of school-based sexual abuse treatment programs or interventions currently and consistently used in any school system. Applications of interventions within the school should be examined more closely. Opportunities for the development of school-based model programs abound. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November, 13-15, 1991).