The Influence of Child Sexual Abuse on the Self from Adult Narrative Perspectives

Krayer, A. and Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. and Gwilym, H. (2015) The Influence of Child Sexual Abuse on the Self from Adult Narrative Perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (2). pp. 135-151. DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2015.1001473

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The impact of child sexual abuse on the adult self is not yet clearly understood. We explored adult perspectives through the use of narrative interviews (N = 30). Three key themes or views of self were identified in all narratives to varying degrees: the worthless self, the self as unknown, and the potential/developing self. Ambivalence and tension were present in all narratives. Individuals were challenged to integrate the sexual abuse experience in a constructive way and develop a more coherent perception of the self. The narrative method highlighted the dynamic nature of peoples� experiences at the same time recognizing that the narratives themselves are in progress. Reactions to disclosure, social support, and interpersonal connections are crucial at every turn.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 03:09
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2016 03:48
ISSN: 1053-8712
Publisher's Statement: On institutional repository after 12 months embargo
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3661
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2015.1001473
Publisher: Routledge
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