Using Narrative Therapy in the Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Context of Couple Therapy

David J. Johnson, Derek Holyoak, Jaclyn Cravens Pickens

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Abstract

Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a prevalent social issue. Many theoretical approaches have been applied to the treatment of CSA, these approaches predominately focus on the treatment of children and adolescents, failing to address adulthood and couples’ relations. This limited focus fails to address long-lasting relational implications CSA survivors face. This paper proposes the application of a systemic therapeutic modality, Narrative therapy when treating adult survivors of CSA in couple therapy. The treatment of CSA in the context of couple therapy will be discussed. Clinical vignettes will be used. Implications for clinical practice and future research will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-231
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • adult survivor
  • narrative therapy

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