Treatment of Incarcerated, Sexually-Abused Adolescent Females: An Outcome Study

Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold, Raymond S. Kirk, Amelia C. Roberts, Diane P. Griffith, Katherine Meadows, Judy Julian

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This study examined the psychosocial functioning of 100 adolescent females (ages 12-17) sentenced to secure care in a southeastern state and the impact of a gender-specific, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention on the psychosocial functioning of subjects who reported a history of sexual abuse. The Multidimensional Adolescent Assessment Scale (MAAS) was used to assess psychosocial functioning. Pre-test scores on the MAAS revealed significantly higher scores on 12 of 16 dimensions of psychosocial functioning and higher rates of serious criminal behavior for youth who subsequently disclosed sexual abuse histories as compared to those without such histories. At post-test, statistically significant improvements in psychosocial functioning were observed on 14 of 16 MAAS subscales for those who received the CBT intervention. Thus, incarcerated female adolescents who reported a history of sexual abuse demonstrated more impairment in their functioning as compared to those without a reported history of sexual abuse and responded positively to a gender-specific, CBT-based intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Incarcerated adolescent females
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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