Effects of childhood sexual abuse on client spiritual well-being

Marilyn Ganje-Fling, Patricia M Veach, Haijiang Kuang, Bonnie Houg

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Forty-three individuals receiving psychotherapy for childhood sexual abuse and 34 clients who sought psychotherapy for other reasons were compared on several aspects of spiritual functioning. The 2 groups did not differ significantly in spiritual well-being. However, both groups scored lower than samples of medical outpatients and hospice workers. Most reported initiating and discussing spiritual issues during therapy, were satisfied and comfortable with these discussions, and rated spirituality as important to problem resolution. They also listed several obstacles to spiritual development. Possible research and practice implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


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