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Intensive family preservation services: An examination of critical service components

Bagley, Christopher and LaChance, Marguerite (2000) Intensive family preservation services: An examination of critical service components Child & Family Social Work, 5, (3), pp. 205-213. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2206.2000.00162.x).

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A treatment programme for child victims of sexual abuse within the family has been evaluated in terms of psychological and behavioural outcomes for the young people two years after beginning therapy. The Canadian programme was based on principles established by Giarretto in his Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (CSATP).
Screening by child protection workers selected potential candidates. However, because of limited resources, referral of less than half of the originally screened families was made, even though they were judged suitable for participation. This made available an untreated comparison group ( n=30), similar in many ways to the treated families ( n=27). After two years the treated adolescents had largely recovered levels of self-esteem obtained in normative samples, and depressive a€ect had diminished markedly, as had problem behaviours.
By contrast, the untreated adolescents had retained low levels of self-esteem, and high levels of depression. Negative behaviours (delinquency, running away from home, acts of deliberate self-harm) had deteriorated after two years. This was linked both to further within-family abuse (in a ®fth), followed by a drift in some into street life. Despite its apparent success, the CSATP could not be continued because of lack of funding, and problems in maintaining a community development model for supporting a humanistic programme.

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Published date: 2000
Keywords: adolescent adjustment, family treatment, sexual abuse


Local EPrints ID: 33593
ISSN: 1356-7500
PURE UUID: 080155d9-4bbd-4ac6-aced-e1848cbb6c37

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:52

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Author: Christopher Bagley
Author: Marguerite LaChance

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