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 2: The Minnesota Family Sexual Abuse Project
The Minnesota Family Sexual Abuse Project
This chapter provides a context for this book by recounting the story of the Family Sexual Abuse Project (FSAP) in Minnesota. A five-year effort (1985–1990) sponsored by The Saint Paul Foundation, FSAP promoted and funded research and evaluation projects aimed at studying the effectiveness of different intervention and treatment approaches to problems of family sexual abuse. Most of these projects focused specifically on the relationships between selected interventions and the status and functioning of the family. The chapters in this book present the major findings of 11 studies funded through FSAP.
The Family Sexual Abuse Project has demonstrated the importance of studying interventions and family systems at the local level. Large, national studies provide ...