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Do occupational therapists feel equipped to deal with the adult legacy of childhood sexual abuse?

Abrahamson, V. (1998) Do occupational therapists feel equipped to deal with the adult legacy of childhood sexual abuse? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61 (2). pp. 63-67. ISSN 0308-0226. (doi:10.1177/030802269806100204) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Research findings are consistent in showing a strong, specific and coherent association between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and long-term psychiatric problems. Occupational therapists working in mental health services must therefore have contact with survivors of abuse, yet the literature reveals a paucity of research on their role. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine occupational therapists to explore their knowledge and practice concerning this issue. All respondents considered that awareness of CSA was pertinent to their profession and should be taught during education and training. None of them had received teaching in this area. Most respondents thought that it was not their role to deal with CSA in depth. However, the context in which they worked provided an opportunity for initial disclosure which might not happen elsewhere and needed to be handled skilfully. Occupational therapy techniques, including creative methods, link in well with other approaches, especially counselling, in treating the long-term effects of CSA. Continuing educational requirements and the role of occupational therapy with this client group need to be addressed by the profession.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/030802269806100204
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Vanessa Abrahamson
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 15:22 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 09:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45645 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrahamson, V.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1169-9457
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