Practice Goals Psychotherapeutic interventions for adult sexual assault victims are designed to reduce psychological distress, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD , and rape trauma through counseling, structured or unstructured interaction, training programs, or predetermined treatment plans. Target Population The vast majority of rape and sexual assault victims are female. A recent examination of the National Crime Victimization Survey found that between and , there were 2. Females age 34 or younger, who lived in lower income households and in rural areas, reported the highest rates of sexual violence during that time Planty et al. Psychotherapeutic interventions can be provided to victims of sexual abuse and assault who are experiencing rape trauma or PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can be categorized into three groups: 1 re-experiencing intrusive thoughts, emotions, or physiological distress upon exposure to cues of the event; 2 avoidance of thoughts or stimuli that are reminiscent of the event; and 3 biological, emotional, or cognitive arousal Regehr et al.
NCBI Bookshelf. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The high prevalence of histories of childhood abuse among individuals with substance abuse disorders, as well as their frequent need for mental health services, has important implications for treatment planning and implementation. Moreover, as mentioned in Chapter 1 , clients with substance abuse disorders who were abused or neglected as children may be more prone to relapse than those without such histories. Clients receiving additional services such as these were statistically more likely to stay in recovery. Some estimates suggest that up to two thirds of all those in substance abuse treatment report that they were physically, sexually, or emotionally abused during childhood Swan, , whereas as many as 80 percent of people referred to mental health services have histories of childhood abuse Briere, a ; Briere and Woo, ; Briere and Zaidi, Because an abuse history and a diagnosis of PTSD increase the risk of relapse, it is advisable to address these issues at some point during the course of substance abuse treatment.
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Sexual abuse in the family is one of the most perplexing and confusing problems facing our families. While it is difficult to fully assess the extent of the problem, the number of families affected by this phenomenon are staggering. It is estimated that 9. Department of Health and Human Services.