Perpetrator methodology as a predictor of traumatic symptomatology in a non-psychiatric sample of adults reporting sexual abuse

Leahy, Trisha and Pretty, Grace and Tenenbaum, Gershon (2004) Perpetrator methodology as a predictor of traumatic symptomatology in a non-psychiatric sample of adults reporting sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19 (5). pp. 521-540. ISSN 0886-2605

Abstract

This retrospective study explores, through quantitative and qualitative methods, the relationship of two variables (perpetrator relationship and perpetrator methodology) to posttraumatic and dissociative symptomatology. The quantitative sample comprised a nonpsychiatric group (N = 39) of Australian adults reporting sexual abuse histories. A MANOVA revealed that current levels of posttraumatic and dissociative symptomatology were significantly higher in the group reporting sexual abuse by a perpetrator in a relationship of trust, guardianship, or authority. The qualitative sample comprised a purposively selected subgroup of the quantitative sample (n = 20). Thematic content analyses of perpetrator methodology suggest that perpetrator strategies involving emotional manipulation, rather than the perpetrator relationship per se, appear to differentiate between groups with clinical or nonclinical levels of posttraumatic and dissociative symptomatology. The combination of qualitative and quantitative methods provides integrated, contextualized data with implications for future research and clinical practice.


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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 06:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual abuse; trauma; perpetrator methodology
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 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: 10.1177/0886260504262963
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7836

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