Letter| Volume 20, ISSUE 3, P151, June 2006

Letter to the Editor

      Applause to
      • Kreidler M.
      Group therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who have chronic mental illness.
      for her study “Group therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse” (August 2005), in which she applied group therapy to women who suffered from childhood sexual assault (CSA) and chronic mental illness (CMI). Kreidler claimed that women with CMI have historically been denied group therapy for fear of exacerbating their psychiatric symptoms. Testing this assumption through controlled research is very important to ensure that clinical practice is based on evidence and not tradition or assumptions.
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      • Group Therapy for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Who Have Chronic Mental Illness
        Archives of Psychiatric NursingVol. 19Issue 4
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          Medication and supportive services are usually the approaches used to treat women with chronic mental illness (CMI). The goal of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of group therapy for women with CMI in comparison with those for women without CMI, all of whom experienced childhood sexual abuse. The sample (N = 121) consisted of women, all of whom were sexually abused as children. The results indicated that abused women with CMI had improved self-esteem and decreased symptom scores at the same rate as abused women without CMI.
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