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Couples therapy for women survivors of child sexual abuse who are in addictions recovery: A comparative case study of treatment process and outcome.

Author: Trute,-Barry; Docking,-Bobbie; Hiebert-Murphy,-Diane
Author Background: McGill U, Dept of Social Work, Montreal, PQ, Canada
Date 1/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Marital-and-Family-Therapy
Volume/Pages Vol 27(1): 99-110
Subject Matter Research, Women, Child Abuse; Couples Therapy; Early Experience; Treatment Outcomes, Drug Addiction; Drug Rehabilitation
Abstract Treatment for women who are survivors of child sexual abuse and who have a history of substance abuse has largely involved gender-specific interventions. This study examines the use of conjoint couple therapy with a cohort of women who were survivors of child sexual abuse and who are in addiction recovery and with their partners. A comparative case study analysis incorporated standardized clinical measures with client and therapist interviews. Brief conjoint therapy was found to assist couples in the specific relationship skill areas of communication and mutual problem solving. Further substantive gains were found in the realm of affective relations. The women reported an increase in support from their male partners, and the men reported a decrease in negative emotional atmosphere in the relationship. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)