Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Rebecca Mirick

Abstract

Individuals who experienced intrafamilial childhood sexual abuse (ICSA) as a child/adolescent often are impacted as adults by this experience. Many clients of social service agencies may have experienced ICSA as a child or adolescent, but it is unknown how knowledgeable social service agency workers are at recognizing the long-term symptoms and referring these clients for treatment. This research study (N=32) explored the variety of services survivors of ICSA are offered and professionals’ perspectives on the level of effectiveness of these services. All three interventions studied in this research – Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Therapeutic Programs, and Group Psychotherapeutic and Psychoeducational sessions or Individual Psychoanalytic Therapy - were deemed helpful by at least 91.30% of participants and referred by at least 52.38%. The goal of this study is to explore the variety of services survivors of ICSA are offered and professionals’ perspectives on the level of effectiveness of these services. The findings from this study and previous research emphasize the importance of education on the topic as well as awareness of the local available resources and interventions. Taking these steps would positively impact survivors of ICSA because the individuals who work with this population would be more knowledgeable about the proper interventions, helpful services/resources, and the subject in general.

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