Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Clarice Staff, DSW

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis, PhD

Third Advisor

Susan Beck, MSW


Despite numerous studies on the incidence and effects or incest, little information exists on treatment effectiveness. This study employed an ex post facto program outcomes design using a records review to evaluate a Midwestern Family Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (FSATP). Outcomes examined included clients' status at case closing and progress on 10 program goals from a Likert-type Clinical Rating Scale. Significant positive relationships were found between the length of treatment, quantity of family and group treatments, and the status at case closing. These findings suggest that the FSATP should consider the following changes: 1) increase the range of family participation; 2) improve tracking or clients who do not return; 3) reduce the age ranges in the victim groups; 4) improve consistency in client records. The evaluation provided initial empirical support for an integrated model of treating incest, but ongoing efforts are needed to monitor the effect of treatment.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Skogen.LJ

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