Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Human Development and Family Science


A non-offending caregiver of a sexually abused minor faces significant challenges in fascilitating their child's recovery. According to the available literature, non-offending caregivers could experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, victimization, and/or bereavement. A trend of secondary traumatization among caregivers has been acknoledged as well. The current study is a review of two curricula for non-offending caregiver psycho-educational support groups. The content of each program was systematically compared with the experience of the non-offending caregivers as described in recent studies. Possible improvements to the curricula and limitations of the current study are discussed.

Approved for honors in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, Messiah College, 2014.