In the battle against family sexual abuse, most studies and research findings have examined the problem on a national level--but what about the studies that have been done at the local level? With contributions from practitioners and researchers, Family Sexual Abuse deftly explores the results of eleven research projects covering such issues as sibling incest, the background of sexual offenders, effects of sexual abuse on children, effects of offender removal from the home, effects of reunification, and the prognosis for incest offenders after treatment. While large, national studies provide information on major trends in family sexual abuse, this five-year look at Minnesota studies reflects the real impact of interventions in the context of local practitioners dealing with local problems. As such, these studies clearly demonstrate ...
Chapter 10: Effects of Reunification on Sexually Abusive Families
Effects of Reunification on Sexually Abusive Families
This study focused on the impact of reunification on sexually abusive families. A project of this nature seems warranted since our review of the literature indicated very little research to date that examines the functioning of reunited families. Trepper and Traicoff (1985) studied the effects of a specific treatment modality on incest families. O'Connell (1986) formulated a step-by-step procedure for reuniting incest families.
This research moves beyond previous studies and focuses on the functioning of reunited families—specifically on how reunification was perceived and experienced by each family member. The study also identifies what intervention and treatment had occurred and was further needed. By studying reunification from this perspective, we hoped to identify ...