Development and Pilot Testing of a Phase-Based Treatment for Preteen Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Brian Allen, Lucy Berliner, Chad Edward Shenk, Brianna Bendixsen, Anne Zellhoefer, Cassie R. Dickmann, Bethany Arnold, Michelle J. Chen

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Abstract

Few treatment models are available for preteen children displaying problematic sexual behavior (PSB), and those models that are available are group-based and may not be feasible in many community settings. This paper describes the developmental process of an individually-administered treatment protocol rooted in the current empirical evidence for treatment of childhood PSB. Given the various phenomenologies and etiologies of PSB, the protocol is divided into 3 separate standalone phases that can each be integrated into other treatment programs or delivered sequentially to constitute a unified treatment program. Following a description of the protocol, the results of a small pilot study are described and lessons learned through the pilot study are provided. Future directions for the development and validation of the protocol are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-285
Number of pages12
JournalEvidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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