Group Therapy

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This journal will cover the overall benefits of group therapy on adolescent children who have suffered sexual abuse. Group therapy for this particular population touches on many aspects of the human mind psychologically and emotionally. Most of the cited works included children who have supported themselves better socially and improved their social networks after group therapy. In all the cases mentioned, most of the children have statistically improved pre-therapy and adapt what they learned and fostered from therapy into their own lives towards the road to recovery. It is also mentioned the difficulties the therapists must overcome when dealing with sexually abused adolescents. The American Humane Association explains child…show more content…
Sexual abuses occurring during a child’s maturation period can deter them from maturating healthily mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. “State of Science: Group Therapy Interventions for Sexually Abused Children” mentioned that with the therapy groups, children who are victims of sexual abuse have a greater chance of developing a more positive identity, self-concept, and belongingness (Miffitt, 2014). Miffitt’s article also included a 20 plus weeks study on adolescent girls in group therapy and in those therapeutic group sessions, the girls shared personal stories, performed individual and group activities and lectures. The therapy resulted in better progression of their posttraumatic stress disorder, maternal relationships, and improvement in coping skills (Miffitt,…show more content…
The girls participated in a variety of activities that used a psychoeducational approach along with therapeutic methods such as group discussions, personal stories, individual exercises, and lectures. The topics covered within the 20 weeks of treatment were topics of abuse, relationships, and sexuality. Tourigny et al found differed scores between the groups based on eating-related disorders, attributions linked to personal trust, coping strategies, and problem solving. Overall, a great reduction in posttraumatic symptoms occurred and an evident decrease in negative attribution. They also founded that therapy resulted in teens seeking help and social support much more often than those who do not. These results occurred within the control groups, showing significant improvement in many categories. Overall, the clients involved in the group therapy improved “mainly in terms of posttraumatic stress symptoms, attributions, coping strategies, internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems, and feelings of empowerment.” (Tourigny et al, 2005). The results of the treatment rendered beneficial in some aspects but clinicians added that the relationship between the

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