A trauma-based group intervention for incarcerated girls

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, Kerensa N. Pate, Laura E. Bedard, Mark Greenwald

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    Girls are becoming involved in the juvenile justice system at a remarkable rate. As a result, the juvenile justice system must become more responsive to their physical, mental, and educational needs. Many of these girls have been victims of childhood emotional, sexual, or physical abuse resulting in serious mental health problems. This article describes a psycho-educational group intervention designed for adolescent girls involved in the juvenile justice system that have been affected by childhood abuse. The intervention takes place in a residential program for delinquent girls and is a voluntary group. The psycho-education format allows for the participants to gain information about what abuse is and what the impact of abuse can be on their thoughts and actions. The group format provides a supportive environment that promotes group curative factors and mutual aid.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)330-341
    Number of pages12
    JournalSocial Work with Groups
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 14 2009


    • Abuse
    • Gender-specific treatment
    • Girl delinquency
    • Group trauma intervention
    • Mental health and delinquency

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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