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 8: Evaluation of a Multiple-Family Incest Treatment Program
Evaluation of a Multiple-Family Incest Treatment Program
When incest occurs, it affects every family member. Clinicians have increasingly incorporated this understanding into therapy programs designed to treat entire families, hoping to heal both individuals and their relationships with each other. This chapter presents an evaluation of one such program, the Family Project (described below), that includes multiple-family treatment groups.
The purpose of this study was to find out how incest victims have fared in various aspects of their lives since their treatment ended. All clients were female victims abused by fathers or stepfathers. Four outcome categories were examined: (a) recurrence of the abuse, (b) personal adjustment or functioning (psychological, educational, and job-related), (c) relationships within the family, and (d) ...