Effectiveness of TSL Program in Improving Child Abuse, Cortisol, and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-s): A Biomedical Perspective

Wonjung Ryu, Jae Yop Kim

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Abstract

Objective: This study evaluated the Thank You, Sorry, Love (TSL) program's effect on child abuse and the levels of oxidative stress hormone (cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) among North Korean refugee parents. Method: The participants, North Korean refugees (N = 45), were assigned to an experimental group with 10 sessions of TSL program intervention (n = 15), a comparison group with 10 sessions of Program A intervention (n = 15), or a control group with no intervention (n = 15). Effectiveness tests included a pre-test, post-test, and 4-week follow-up test. Results: Child abuse scores and cortisol levels differed significantly between the groups in the post-test and follow-up tests. It was confirmed that the group in the TSL program showed statistically significant improvements in child abuse and cortisol compared to the other groups. Conclusion: The TSL program can be used as a practical intervention to prevent child abuse in North Korean refugee families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-753
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Oct

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology

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