Positive Reaction to Disclosure and Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse

  title={Positive Reaction to Disclosure and Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse},
  author={Leonard T. Gries and David S. Goh and Marcia Andrews and Jeri Gilbert and Frances Cohen Praver and Dalia Naierman Stelzer},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  pages={29 - 51}
ABSTRACT Factors associated with improvement in the behavioral-emotional functioning of sexually abused children, from 6 to 18 years of age, were investigated. Children were classified by their therapist according to current level of disclosure regarding past abuse. Ratings of degree of support offered by significant people in the children's lives were also made. Findings showed children who were in an actively disclosing stage to be exhibiting significantly less externalizing behavior problems… Expand
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