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Impact of Child Sexual Abuse
A discussion on the impact of child sexual abuse and the interventions available.
# 148773 | 3,876 words | 21 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper begins by defining child sexual abuse and looking at the impact of sexual abuse on children. The paper explores the interventions that are often utilized to assist people who have been sexually abused, including art therapy, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacologic therapy, and offers a comparison and contrast of these therapies. The paper concludes that cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to be the most beneficial type of intervention, however, in some cases, the use of multiple interventions will be necessary.

Defining Child Sexual Abuse
Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse
The Impact of Sexual Abuse
Interventions for Victims
Comparisons and Contrast of Interventions
The Best Intervention

From the Paper:

"Art therapy can be used for the purposes of storytelling, short-term trauma resolution, in play therapy and forensic investigations (Liebmann, 2003). In addition art therapy is most often utilized with people who are dealing with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, sexual abuse, Autism, medical art therapy, adolescent depression, eating disorders, bereavement, severe mental illness, addictions and many other situations (Liebmann, 2003). Art therapy is a unique way that children can express their thoughts and feeling and disclose some of trauma that was experienced as a result of their abuse.
"As a result of having a limited vocabulary and an inability to articulate what has happened to them, it is often hard for children to discuss the details of their abuse. Art therapy gives an outlet, and meets the children on their level. Rankin (2003) affirmed that the purpose of art therapy is to address the major affects of trauma on the child's life. Additionally, Rankin (2003) stated that art interventions begin with self management, then proceed with safety planning, telling the trauma story, grieving traumatic losses, self concept and world view revision and finally ends with self and relational development. Treatment progress and outcomes will vary from patient to patient, as therapy is an individualized process."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arcus, D. (2008). Child abuse, sexual and emotional. Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence.
  • Brooke, S. (1995) ART THERAPY: AN APPROACH TO WORKING WITH SEXUALABUSE SURVIVORS. The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 447-466, 1995
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  • "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Retrieved on May 5, 2009 from;

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