A Review of Coping Skills for Early Sexual Abuse Victims

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Running head: A REVIEW OF COPING SKILLS FOR EARLY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS Laverne A. Marks Child and Adolescent Development u10a1 Integrative Project: Chapters I–V Dr. Lohr June 14,2013 A Review of Coping Skills for Sexual Abuse Victims Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………..…………………………4 Chapter 1: Introduction………………………………………………………..………………5-6 Theoretical Background………………………………………………………………6-8 Chapter 2: Literature Review…………………………………………………………………8-14 Proving Sexual Abuse ------------------------------------------------------------------------------8 What is the impact early sexual trauma has on victims? ..............................................9-10 Coping…show more content…
Providing an insight into positive coping skills will allow victims to gain knowledge on better coping skills to prevent substance abuse, re-victimization and long-term psychological distress. This research is aimed at providing knowledge of coping skills for victims of early sexual abuse. Poor coping skills, such as avoidance has been demonstrated to exacerbate the impact of childhood trauma on psychological distress (Wang et al, 2010). Victims of early sexual abuse tend to use acceptance and avoidance as ways to cope with trauma. Child sexual abuse has consistently been associated with the use of avoidant coping which have been associated with increased trauma symptoms, which have, in turn, been linked to increased risk for adult sexual A Review of Coping Skills for Sexual Abuse Victims re-victimization (Fortier et al, 2009). Overemphasizing avoidant coping can result in psychological distress. Education on positive coping skills is important in avoiding these effects. The purpose of this research is to evaluate whether a booster coping skills training which focuses on referring to others to assist in solving problems help sexual abuse victims ages 12-16 replace negative coping skills with positive coping skills. This paper will review previous research and discuss the possible effects early sexual abuse may have on the victims. It will discuss the negative coping skills that many victims use and the effects it has on their psychological development.
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