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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Esther Cohen

Second Committee Member

Gary N. Howells


This study attempted to evaluate the effects of the group treatment component of the Santa Clara County Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program on the self-concepts of child and adolescent victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse. The Piers-Harris self-concept inventory was used to measure self-concept. The four groups of participants included 42 girls, (a) 10 who had been abused but had not received treatment, (b) 9 who had received 15 weeks of treatment, (c) 9 who had received 1-2 years of treatment, and (d) 14 in a non-abused comparison group. Results indicated that there was a significant difference between the abused, non-treated group and the comparison group in self-concept, but that there were no reliable differences between the treated and the non-treated abused groups. Problems in determining the actual nature of the treatment delivered, the possibility of pre-existing differences between the groups, and small sample sizes make the interpretation of these results difficult, but there is at least some indication that the Santa Clara program does not substantially influence self-concept as represented by the Piers-Harris.