Publication Date


DOI (Digital Object Identifier)



Leadership and Higher Education


Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Dissertation Chair

Christopher H. Hunt, Ed.D.

Committee Members

Philip Mirci, Ph.D.

Ron Williams, Ed.D.


school counselors, victims of abuse, interventions, perceptions of counselors, group therapy, counseling


Educational Leadership


This was a qualitative Delphi study to determine the perceptions of counselors who have worked with former victims of abuse to identify the educational strategies and accommodations that were effective in helping them cope with and overcome the negative impact of abuse.

Although there is substantial research on the effects of abuse on children, there is a lack of studies investigating what can be done to support abused individuals in coping with the negative impact of abuse and becoming successful in education. Studies have shown, when compared to the nonabused, abused children's academic achievement is significantly lower than that of other students (Kelley, Thornberry, & Smith, 1997). The poor achievement may be a result of a multitude of effects from abuse.

This study identified the following educational strategies and accommodations that counselors perceived were effective in helping the former victims overcome the negative impact of abuse: establishing a positive relationship with an adult, relocating to a safe space, group therapy, participating in extracurricular activities that include clubs and organizations, working with a counselor, retelling one's story and finding one's own identity separate from that of "victim."


ISBN: 9780355248043