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Child Abuse Negl. 2005 Feb;29(2):135-45.

Treating sexually abused children: 1 year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial.

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  • 1Drexel University College of Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Four Allegheny Center, 8th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure the durability of improvement in response to two alternative treatments for sexually abused children.

METHOD:

Eighty-two sexually abused children ages 8-15 years old and their primary caretakers were randomly assigned to trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) or non-directive supportive therapy (NST) delivered over 12 sessions; this study examines symptomatology during 12 months posttreatment.

DATA ANALYSIS:

Intent-to-treat and treatment completer repeated measures analyses were conducted.

RESULTS:

Intent-to-treat indicated significant group x time effects in favor of TF-CBT on measures of depression, anxiety, and sexual problems. Among treatment completers, the TF-CBT group evidenced significantly greater improvement in anxiety, depression, sexual problems and dissociation at the 6-month follow-up and in PTSD and dissociation at the 12-month follow-up.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides additional support for the durability of TF-CBT effectiveness.

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15734179
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