Social Work with Groups
Childhood, Depression, Female, Group work, Meta-analysis, Review, Self-esteem, Sexual Abuse, Survivor, Women
This meta-analytic review synthesizes the findings of seven published independent studies dealing with group work with female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and compares the effectiveness of short-term versus long-term methods. Across-study summative findings were: (1) generally, group work has large beneficial effects upon female survivors' affect and self-esteem-three-quarters of the group participants improve; (2) no extant empirical evidence supports the differential effectiveness of either short-term or long-term groups; and (3) only one study to date has reported the size of long-term methods' clinical effect. In short, the question of the differential effectiveness of short- versus long-term group work with female survivors is not yet answerable with the extant research literature. Future research needs are discussed.
de Jong, Tanya L. and Gorey, Kevin M.. (1996). Short-Term versus Long-Term Group Work with Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Brief Meta-Analytic Review. Social Work with Groups, 19 (1), 19-27.