In recent decades there has been an increase in the number or children with sexual behavior problems (SBP) referred for treatment. The origins of sexual behavior problems are not definitive, but research indicates that many children who have been designated as having sexual behavior problems have no known history of being victims of sexual abuse. This suggests that these children have different treatment needs than victims of sexual abuse. Given their apparent specific treatment needs and the increase in the number of children being referred for treatment for SBP, there has been a need for the development of SBP-specific treatment for pre-adolescent children. Most of these programs have been developed over the last two decades and recently there has been research to determine the effectiveness of these treatment programs. This study conducts an evaluation of a SBP-specific treatment program for pre-adolescent children at Project Pathfinder, focusing specifically on evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment provided and client satisfaction with the program. The study utilizes archival data containing demographic information, an agency developed survey to measure child learning, a client satisfaction questionnaire, and pretest/posttest scores on standardized instruments (CBCL and CSBI). Results show that a significant number of children evidenced learning of the psychoeducational material presented during treatment and a significant number of clients were satisfied with the services they received. Results also show a significant improvement in posttest scores on the standardized measurements. Limitations of the study are discussed as well as recommendations for future research with this very specialized population.
|Commitee:||Fossum, Thyra, Glidewell, Reba|
|Department:||School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Abuse, Behavior, Children, Evaluation, Pre-adolescent children, Program evaluation, Sexual, Sexual behavior problems, Treatment|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be