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Childhood Trauma
Qualitative Methods
Sexual Abuse
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
LoVerso, Tatiana
Supervisor and department
Everall, Robin (Counselling Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Kreitzer, Linda (Social Work, University of Calgary)
Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)
Rinaldi, Christina (Educational Psychology)
Poth, Cheryl (Educational Psychology)
Marshall, Anne (Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria)
Department of Educational Psychology
Counselling Psychology
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Doctor of Philosophy
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The experiences of motherhood and recovery among six female survivors of child sexual abuse were explored with the purpose of furthering our understanding of how motherhood can promote and contribute to sexual assault recovery processes. It has been well-established that child sexual abuse can have lasting effects that continue to impact survivors well into adulthood. Understanding experiences that further recovery can help to facilitate recovery processes among those who are still struggling. A qualitative research methodology, basic interpretive inquiry, was used to complete an in-depth exploration. The results summarize the participantsā€™ stories of recovery, as well as outline the themes that were constructed from the data analysis. The themes outline that motherhood was beneficial as it: (1) exposed unhealed wounds from childhood abuse experiences making evident what was left to heal, (2) fostered empowerment to face recovery and work to better their lives, (3) provided opportunities for developmental repair from damaging childhood experiences and perceptions, and (4) increased a sense of personal value. One negative case is presented; her experiences were analyzed in contrast with the other participants to represent an alternative experience of motherhood and recovery. The study concludes with an examination of the results in light of the current research literature and implications and recommendations for future research and clinical practice are made.
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