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ERIC Number: ED380736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Ritual Abuse and Counseling: A Survey.
Zoslocki, Linda
Ritual abuse consists of mental, physical, sexual, and psychological abuse motivated by religious reasons, out of anger and stress, or inflicted on victims for reasons unknown. Little is now being done to educate and train school counselors on ritual abuse and its signs. This paper offers a literature review of ritual abuse and the results of a survey of school counselors conducted in order to assess whether they had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse among school-age children. A 45-item questionnaire was developed and sent to 200 randomly selected counselors--119 were returned. Since the study was conducted as a blind review, it focused on whether counselors had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse at least one time within the last two years, as opposed to the number of times counselors observed these signs and symptoms in their students during the counseling session. Results indicated that, although counselors may not be aware of the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse, they did encounter such abuses in the counseling process. Of particular importance were the responses to some of the imbedded indicator questions. Approximately half of the respondents stated that their students were either self-mutilating or accident prone and fearful or preoccupied with death. Contains 17 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A