ERIC Number: ED470725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Goal Priorities in Treatment of Youth Who Act Out Sexually.
Spaccarelli, Steve; Edejer, Eilene; Bushell, Lynn; Chaseley, Meggan; Karaitis, Lisa
The present study focused on therapist reports of their treatment goal priorities in working with children with sexual behavior problems. The study examined whether treatment goal priorities varied with therapist training and experience, and whether they reflected differences in the nature and seriousness of the youths' clinical problems. Results indicated there was significant variability in therapeutic emphasis among clinicians working with youth with sexual behavior problems, and that these variations were related to certain therapist and client variables. Specifically, direct emphasis on sexual behavior issues was related to training as a psychologist (as opposed to social worker), to co-morbid externalizing problems, and to therapist concern as to the chronicity of the sexual behavior problem. Generally speaking, therapist emphasis on symptom reduction (of any type) was related to clients suffering clinical levels of internalizing problems. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002). Study was supported by a grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.