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Patterns of non-offending parental involvement in therapy with sexually abused children: 'a review of the literature'

Hill, A. (2005) Patterns of non-offending parental involvement in therapy with sexually abused children: 'a review of the literature'. Journal of Social Work, 5 (3). pp. 339-358. ISSN 1468-0173

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Summary:This review explores the international literature on therapeutic work with sexually abused children. The emphasis is on the nature, extent and outcomes of non-offending parental involvement in such work. The context is an increasing recognition of the significant influence that non-offending parents may have on their children’s recovery and, at the same time, the serious impact on parents themselves of finding out about the sexual abuse of their children, including the impact on their relationships with their children.

Findings:The article identifies a number of distinct approaches to therapy that differ widely in the nature and extent of non-offending parental involvement. The diversity of approach reflects the variety of underlying theoretical orientation. The implications for children’s recovery are discussed.

Applications: Involving non-offending parents in therapeutic work with their sexually abused children may be important in promoting successful outcomes. It is argued that the perceived benefits of some of the approaches under review may be used flexibly, and in combination, to make significant advances in practice.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 13:16
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 13:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017305058939
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Identification Number: 10.1177/1468017305058939
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6861

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