Abstract Title

A Meta-Analysis of Best Practice Recommendations for Sexual Assault Support Groups

Presenter/Author/Faculty Mentor Information

Jenn JohnsonFollow
Lachelle M. Rosenbaum (Mentor), LCSCFollow

Disciplines

Social Work

Abstract

This research is a meta-analysis on research of support groups, with an emphasis on Sexual Assault Support Groups (SASGs). These groups are currently rare, but as SASGs will continue to be created, it is imperative they be conducted in an ethical manner and take into account attributes of an effective group. This research was designed to determine best practice recommendations to help ensure this process. Understanding the core knowledge and values needed for group work and standards for ethical practice is essential for successful application. Findings indicate the depths of planning, recruitment, and implementation, which should be utilized when creating an SASG. Once these have been organized, the next steps are to pick a group leader that showcases the proper skills and is willing to be trained, and screening for members that are a “good fit” for the group. Little research has been completed on this area of study. However, qualitative data concurs that Peer Support is current best practice.

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A Meta-Analysis of Best Practice Recommendations for Sexual Assault Support Groups

This research is a meta-analysis on research of support groups, with an emphasis on Sexual Assault Support Groups (SASGs). These groups are currently rare, but as SASGs will continue to be created, it is imperative they be conducted in an ethical manner and take into account attributes of an effective group. This research was designed to determine best practice recommendations to help ensure this process. Understanding the core knowledge and values needed for group work and standards for ethical practice is essential for successful application. Findings indicate the depths of planning, recruitment, and implementation, which should be utilized when creating an SASG. Once these have been organized, the next steps are to pick a group leader that showcases the proper skills and is willing to be trained, and screening for members that are a “good fit” for the group. Little research has been completed on this area of study. However, qualitative data concurs that Peer Support is current best practice.