Assessment of a psychology intervention model effect on sexual abused girls

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Author list: Koller S, Habigzang L.F, Hatzenberger R, Dala Corte F, Stroeher F
Publisher: Universidade de Brasília
Publication year: 2008
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 1
Start page: 67
End page: 76
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0102-3772
Languages: Portuguese-Brazil (PT-BR)


The sexual abuse against children and adolescents is an important public health problem. In this way, it is necessary to develop studies that evaluate the models effectiveness of psychological intervention. The present study aimed to evaluate a group therapy, based on cognitive-behavioral approach to the girls who are victims of sexual abuse. Ten girls from 9 to 13 years old intrafamilial victimized by sexual abuse participated in this study. The type of sexual abuse varied among the cases: manipulation of genital and sexual harassment appeared in seven cases, and complete intercourse with penetration on the other three. The group therapy model evaluated was constituted by 20 sessions with semi-structured activities. Repeated measures were used to analyze the before, during and after intervention data on depression, anxiety, stress, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. A significant reduction of those aspects was found, as well as the restructuring of faiths related to the abuse.


adolescence, Childhood, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Evaluation, Sexual abuse


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