Recovering process from child sexual abuse during adulthood from an integrative approach to solution-focused therapy: A case study

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Gonzalez, Carolina. 2017. "Recovering process from child sexual abuse during adulthood from an integrative approach to solution-focused therapy: A case study." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse: research, treatment and program innovations for victims, survivors and offenders. 26 (7), pp. 785-805. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2017.1354954
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Recovering process from child sexual abuse during adulthood from an integrative approach to solution-focused therapy: A case study

ERA Journal ID40581
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGonzalez, Carolina
Journal TitleJournal of Child Sexual Abuse: research, treatment and program innovations for victims, survivors and offenders
Journal Citation26 (7), pp. 785-805
Number of Pages21
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1053-8712
1547-0679
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2017.1354954
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10538712.2017.1354954
Abstract

In recent times, strengths-based recovery approaches that focus on the present and build strategies that look toward the future have become popular. However, some cases require the consideration of experiences from previous stages of the clients’ development. This single-case study explores the psychotherapeutic process of a middle-aged woman who presented with a history of child sexual abuse (incest) and a long-term adult diagnosis of depression that was treated in public health services. This psychotherapy involved an integrative approach to solution-focused therapy; specifically, the approach proposed by Yvonne Dolan to work with adult survivors of sexual abuse, in conjunction with techniques and strategies from the transtheoretical model. Measures incorporating therapeutic working alliance and outcomes were administered over sessions. Results showed positive outcomes from this therapeutic intervention, which remained at 3-month and 12-month follow-ups. Implications for practitioners’ specialist practice in health services are discussed, given the complexity of comorbid mental health conditions with a history of child sexual abuse.

KeywordsAdult psychotherapy; child sexual abuse; depression; incest survivor; posttraumatic stress disorder; solution-focused therapy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520302. Clinical psychology
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