Sexually abused women after multimodal group therapy: A long-term follow-up study

Tønsberg Psychiatric Center, Ørsnesalle, Norway.
Nordic Journal of Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 1.34). 02/2002; 56(3):215-21. DOI: 10.1080/080394802317607200
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This study reports a long-term follow-up of 38 of 54 (70%) women who had participated in time-limited multimodal group treatment for the psychological sequelae of sexual abuse. The women had been highly symptomatic at the onset and were generally improved following treatment and at follow-up (M = 4.7, SD = 2.0 years). Nonetheless, many remained moderately symptomatic. Previous therapy and pre-therapy level of symptoms predicted a higher level of post-treatment symptoms, while better post-treatment status and younger age predicted fewer symptoms at the time of follow-up. Interpersonal functioning at follow-up was predicted by post-treatment interpersonal functioning. On the whole, clients perceived their interpersonal functioning as better at follow-up than it had been after treatment. Their use of any mental health services was modest in the follow-up period. In general, the long-term follow-up status of these women was encouragingly positive.

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    • "It is noteworthy that the ratio of deteriorated clients obtained in this study stays within the range of deterioration noted across therapy outcome studies (Lambert & Ogles, 2004). Therapy gains are generally maintained at one-year follow-up, which is frequently seen across outcome studies of therapy for abused clients (Vaa et al., 2002). Overall, since the total sample of respondents having a history of multiple co-occurring types of trauma still achieved signifi cant change, the results of this study are promising . "
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    • "Nine of 14 studies had relevant follow-up data (Table V). Twelve studies had follow-up time up to one year and two had long-term follow-up (Bagley & Young, 1998; Vaa et al., 2002), and frequently data on attrition rates and additional treatment were missing. "
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