Treatment for preschool children with interpersonal sexual behavior problems: A pilot study

Jane F. Silovsky, Larissa Niec, David Bard, Debra B. Hecht

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Abstract

This pilot study evaluated a 12-week group treatment program for preschool children with interpersonal sexual behavior problems (SBP; N = 85; 53 completed at least 8 sessions). Many children presented with co-occurring trauma symptoms and disruptive behaviors. In intent-to-treat analysis, a significant linear reduction in SBP due to number of treatment sessions attended was found, an effect that was independent of linear reductions affiliated with elapsed time. Under the assumption that treatment can have an incremental impact, more than one third of the variance was accounted for by treatment effects, with female and older children most favorably impacted. Caregivers reported increase in knowledge, satisfaction, and usefulness of treatment. In addition to replication, future research is needed to examine (a) effects of environment change and time on SBP, (b) stability of treatment effects, and (c) best practices to integrate evidence-based treatments for comorbid conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-391
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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