New protocol published for a qualitative review on psychosocial interventions for sexual abuse and violence

This is a new protocol for a qualitative Cochrane Review on Survivor, family and professional experiences of psychosocial interventions for sexual abuse and violence. The review will gather and synthesise the experiences of interventions for survivors of sexual abuse and violence, their families, as well as the professionals who deliver them. The objectives are to:

  1. identify, appraise and synthesise qualitative studies exploring the experiences of child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and violence, and their caregivers, regarding psychosocial interventions aimed at supporting survivors and preventing negative health outcomes in terms of benefits, risks/harms and barriers;
  2.  identify, appraise and synthesise qualitative studies exploring the experiences of professionals who deliver psychosocial interventions for sexual abuse and violence in terms of perceived benefits, risks/harms and barriers for survivors and their families/caregivers;
  3. develop a conceptual understanding of how different factors influence uptake, dropout or completion, and outcomes from psychosocial interventions for sexual abuse and violence
  4. develop understanding of how features and types of interventions respond to the needs of different user/survivor groups (e.g. age groups; types of abuse exposure; migrant populations) and contexts (healthcare/therapeutic settings; low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)); and
  5. explore how the findings of this review can enhance our understanding of the findings from the linked and related reviews assessing the effectiveness of interventions aimed at supporting survivors and preventing negative health outcomes.

Read the full protocol on the Cochrane Library, here.