Tougas AM, *Boisvert I, Tourigny M, Lemieux A, Tremblay C, Gagnon MM. (2016). Psychosocial profile of children having participated in an intervention program for their sexual behavior problems: The predictor role of maltreatment. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 25(2): 127-141.
This study sought to verify if a history of maltreatment may predict the psychosocial profile of children who participated in an intervention program aiming at reducing sexual behavior problems. Data were collected at both the beginning and the end of the intervention program using a clinical protocol and standardized tests selected on the basis of the intervention targets. In general, the results indicate that children who had experienced maltreatment display a psychosocial profile that is similar to that of children who had not experienced maltreatment. However, children who had experienced psychological abuse or neglect may display greater externalized or sexualized behaviors, whereas children who have a parent who had been a victim of sexual abuse may display fewer sexualized behaviors.