Predicting Time Spent in Treatment in a Sample of Danish Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Shelley Fletcher, Ask Elklit, Mark Shevlin, Cherie Armour*

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The aim of this study was to identify significant predictors of length of time spent in treatment. In a convenience sample of 439 Danish survivors of child sexual abuse, predictors of time spent in treatment were examined. Assessments were conducted on a 6-month basis over a period of 18 months. A multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that the experience of neglect in childhood and having experienced rape at any life stage were associated with less time in treatment. Higher educational attainment and being male were associated with staying in treatment for longer periods of time. These factors may be important for identifying those at risk of terminating treatment prematurely. It is hoped that a better understanding of the factors that predict time spent in treatment will help to improve treatment outcomes for individuals who are at risk of dropping out of treatment at an early stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-552
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult survivor
  • Danish
  • incest
  • psychotherapy
  • sexual abuse
  • treatment
  • treatment attrition
  • treatment retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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