Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The role of adventure therapy in the comprehensive treatment of adolescents who committed sexual abuse: A case study
by Gruring, Christophe, M.A., Prescott College, 2007, 130; 1450543
Abstract (Summary)

Treating adolescents who committed sexual transgressions can involve problems related to their non-voluntary participation in therapy and pertaining to the difficulty these youth often have at connecting with various emotional components of sex offender treatment. Research literature has unsatisfactorily explained their low motivation in treatment as "resistance". This embedded case study explores the role of adventure therapy in the comprehensive treatment of sexually-abusive youth and examines the experiences of five adolescent males in two residential treatment centers in Wyoming and Arizona. Findings demonstrate that adventure therapy is an under-utilized but effective modality at engaging these adolescents in the overall treatment process and represents a helpful approach to accelerate treatment progress and to inform therapists about clinical and risk assessments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gadow, Geoffrey
Commitee: James, Jeanne, Koller, Timothy
School: Prescott College
Department: Counseling Psychology / Adventure-based Psychotherapy
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 46/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Physical therapy, Social psychology, Clinical psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Adolescent sex offenders, Adventure therapy, Clinical assessment, Experiential, Sexual abuse, Therapeutic engagement
Publication Number: 1450543
ISBN: 978-0-549-49996-1
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