Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 149–165 | Cite as

Social-cognitive skills training with a sexually abused and abusive child psychiatric inpatient: Training, generalization, and follow-up

  • David J. Kolko


This paper describes the clinical application of a social-cognitive skills training program for an 11 1/2-year-old child psychiatric inpatient with a history of sexual abuse and neglect who was referred for hospitalization after sexually molesting a neighborhood girl. The content and procedures of the program are outlined in detail to facilitate replication. Results indicated that improvements were found on analogue role-play scenarios administered during training-which then generalized to several specific and general measures of social adjustment/competence on the inpatient unit. A 1-year follow-up assessment revealed the maintenance of these therapeutic gains. The implications of this therapeutic approach with maltreated children and need for more rigorous empirical outcome studies are discussed.

Key words

cognitive behavior therapy child sexual abuse sexual victimization social-cognitive skills training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Kolko
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh

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