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A short-term group therapy model for treatment of adult female survivors of childhood incest

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Auteurs : Laurie M. Brandt
Périodique : Group
Numéros : vol. 13, nº 2, ISSN 0362-4021 (Imprimé), ISSN 1573-3386 (En ligne)
Dates : Date de publication: 06/1989
Etendue : pp. 74-82
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Titre :

A short-term group therapy model for treatment of adult female survivors of childhood incest

Résumé :

Childhood incest has been experienced by a minimum of one million American women. Because of the dynamic of secrecy in these families and society's discomfort with the issue, disclosure frequently does not take place until adulthood. A treatment modality for adult women following disclosure of a childhood incest experience has been devised. A short-term semi-structured group model has been chosen which creates an atmosphere of rapid cohesion and helps participants broaden their identity beyond that of “victim.” This paper reports participants' demographic and historical data as well as thematic content and group evaluative data from the first nine such groups conducted in a major health maintenance organization in the Boston area. Findings suggest that childhood incest has widespread and long-lasting effects on women's functioning, including ability to trust and form relationships, emotional functioning and self-esteem, and the ability to protect self and children from victimization. The group was felt to be extremely valuable by the majority of participants and was experienced by many as the first place they ever found safety, unconditional nurturance, and a sense of belonging. Other findings include the repetition of incest over generations, the nonresponsiveness of adults in cases where disclosure had taken place in childhood, and the importance of an empathic yet “well-bounded” therapist.

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General Psychology, Clinical Psychology


Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 533
Source : CrossRef: 2018-05-04
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 04/05/2018
Dernière modification : 23/11/2018
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