Impact of early intervention for youth with problematic sexual behaviors and their caregivers

Jane F. Silovsky, Michael D. Hunter, Erin K. Taylor

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Targeting broad implementation of early intervention services has a high potential for impact given the prevalence of child sexual abuse committed by youth and the low recidivism rate following effective interventions. This multisite quasi-experimental study examined the outcomes for 320 youth ages 10–14 years and their caregivers who participated in community-based problematic sexual behavior–cognitive behavior therapy (PSB-CBT). Significant reductions in PSB with a large effect size (e.g. t(126) = 11.69, p <.001, d = 2.08) were found. No site differences were found, despite racial and regional diversity. Nonsexual behaviour problems, emotional problems, and trauma symptoms also significantly improved. Positive outcomes extended to caregivers. Recommended next steps include rigorous strategies for examining the impact of widespread implementation of evidence-based early intervention programmes on the prevention of sexual abuse, complemented with thoughtful efforts to develop and implement policies and procedures that improve the safety and well-being of all children in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-15
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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