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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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PADILHA, Maria da Graça Saldanha  y  GOMIDE, Paula Inês Cunha. Description of therapeutic group process with sexual abused female teenagers. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.1, pp. 53-61. ISSN 1678-4669.

People who suffered sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence carry a great number of abuse-related sequela. The aim of this study was the analysis of a therapeutic group process developed with female teenagers who were victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse. It aimed for the sequela reduction left by the sexual abuse, and improve their tools for facing up to the abuse situation. The process was composed of fifteen sessions, divided into phases, each one having an specific aim: Preparation - desensitization to facilitate the self-exposure; Revelation and feelings exposure - to facilitate the sexual abuse revelation, and promote the feelings exposure; Acceptance - to discuss the sexual abuse acceptance, and its place in the person's life history; Prevention - to facilitate the learning of self protection behaviors that prevent their selves from revictimization. The results show that the gradual exposures to the subject made inside the group can facilitate the sexual abuse disclosure, and the feelings expression.

Palabras clave : sexual abuse; disclosure; prevention; revictimization.

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