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The role of family support in child adjustment and response to treatment after sexual abuse

Debra B Hecht, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This dissertation examines the impact that family support has on the symptoms reported by children after experiencing sexual abuse, as well as the implications for treatment. Family support has been identified as one of the most important predictors of child adjustment following the disclosure of abuse. Participants were all part of a larger treatment study. Global measures of family support did not predict global symptoms of depression or anxiety in the children. After treatment, children reported less sexual anxiety, and parents reported less internalizing symptoms in their children. No significant increases in family support were seen after treatment. Significant relationships were found when examining trauma-specific symptoms, rather than global areas of functioning. Implications for assessment and treatment are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Hecht, Debra B, "The role of family support in child adjustment and response to treatment after sexual abuse" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9967374.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI9967374

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