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    Counseling for young people and families affected by child sexual exploitation and abuse: a qualitative investigation of the perspective of young people, parents, and professionals

    Farr, Joanna and Edbrooke-Childs, J. and Town, R. and Pietkiewicz, D. and Young, I. and Stapley, E. (2021) Counseling for young people and families affected by child sexual exploitation and abuse: a qualitative investigation of the perspective of young people, parents, and professionals. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 30 (1), pp. 102-123. ISSN 1547-0679.

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    Abstract

    Despite growing awareness of the negative impact of child sexual exploitation on young people’s psychological, emotional and relational lives, little is known about how counseling can support young people and their families. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of counseling for young people and parents affected by child sexual exploitation and abuse, with a view to examining what facilitates progress, from the perspective of young people, parents and professionals. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 young people, 8 parents and 7 professionals and were analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings suggest that through counseling, young people experienced affective and relational improvements that were attributed to the process. Characteristics of the counseling relationship that facilitated progress included being able to talk openly in a caring, non-judgmental and unpressurized environment, as well as receiving advice, techniques or solutions within a holistic approach. Facets of service delivery were also highlighted, including the provision of confidentiality, flexibility and consistency, along with a multi-agency approach that promoted engagement. Perceived obstacles to progress included resistance at the outset and service location issues.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Child sexual exploitation, CSE, counseling, child abuse, therapy
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Joanna Farr
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 18:51
    Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 05:58
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46214

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