Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Treatment program evaluation for pre -adolescent children with sexual behavior problems
by Stewart, Allison M., Psy.D., Capella University, 2008, 84; 3329876
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: VanHaveren, Richard
Commitee: Fossum, Thyra, Glidewell, Reba
School: Capella University
Department: School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Abuse, Behavior, Children, Evaluation, Pre-adolescent children, Program evaluation, Sexual, Sexual behavior problems, Treatment
Publication Number: 3329876
ISBN: 978-0-549-81745-1
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