|dc.description.abstract||Increasing numbers of adult survivors of childhood sexual
abuse are coming forth to seek aid for problems stemming from
their abuse experiences. Long-term consequences for survivors
are believed to affect every facet of human functioning. The
efficacy of one therapeutic group on learned helplessness,
locus of control and current levels of functioning with female
survivors of childhood sexual abuse was investigated.
Subjects were comprised of female volunteers, recruited from
the Catholic Family Development Centre in Thunder Bay,
Ontario. The Multimodal Life History Inventory (Lazarus &
Lazarus, 1991), the Modality Analysis of Current Problems
(adapted from the Multimodal Life History Inventory), the
Attributional Style Questionnaire (Seligman, 1990), the Social
Reaction Inventory (Rotter, 1966) and a Satisfaction
Questionnaire designed for use in this investigation served as
psychometric tools. The results indicated significant change
between first and last testings on behavior descriptors,
personal belief statement scores (cognition modality) and
level of helplessness scores. The remaining modalities and
the locus of control scores were statistically nonsignificant.
Subjects were generally satisfied with the
therapeutic group. The major criticism reported by subjects
concerned the relatively brief duration of the therapy group.
Several proposals for future areas of investigation were