Study designs of evaluations included in the review
The study designs included pre- and post-test designs with no comparison groups, quasi-experimental designs with group comparisons but no assignment of treatments and experimental designs with group comparisons and treatment assignments. Studies needed to include a quantitative measure to evaluate sexually abused children (under 18 years) at two points in time, subsequent to the disclosure of abuse, and at least five or more of the evaluated children needed to have received treatment during that interval.
Specific interventions included in the review
Sex education, music therapy, family therapy, group therapy and cognitive-behavioural treatment.
Participants included in the review
Children aged 18 years or under who had been sexually abused were included.
Outcomes assessed in the review
The outcomes included parent observation measures, child self-report measures and teacher/therapist ratings.
How were decisions on the relevance of primary studies made?
The authors do not state how the papers were selected for the review, or how many of the authors performed the selection.