Childhood sexual abuse narratives in clinically and non-clinically distress adult survivors

Leahy, Trisha and Pretty, Grace and Tenenbaum, Gershon (2003) Childhood sexual abuse narratives in clinically and non-clinically distress adult survivors. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34 (6). pp. 657-665. ISSN 0735-7028

Abstract

Understanding the complex dynamics involved in previous sexual abuse trauma is of central importance to clinicians working with adult survivors of childhood previous sexual abuse.In this study 20 volunteer participants formed 2 gender-balanced groups differentiated by clinical (vs. nonclinical) levels of distress. A negative case analysis revealed group differences in participants' perceptions of the impact of the abuse, meaning attributions for the abuse and social support experiences. Resolving traumatic attachment to the perpetrator may be the core therapeutic task complicating the process of reclaiming trust, expressing grief and anger, and developing empowered meaning attributions. Successful negotiation of the complex pathways to recovery requires a therapeutic environment free from countertransferential errors.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Depositing User: Mrs Melissa Jarick
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 06:14
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual victimization; child abuse, sexual abuse, narratives
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.34.6.657
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7835

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