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Subject/Keyword
Male
Sexual
Abuse
Non-disclosure
Disclosure
Antecedents
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Palfy,Kelli N
Supervisor and department
Dr. Robin Everall-Retired Department of Education - Counselling Psychology
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Bill Whelton, Education Department, Counselling Psychology
Dr. Denise Larsen Education Department, Counselling Psychology U of A
Dr. Andre Grace Education Department, U of A
Dr. Ingrid Johnston Faculty of Education; Secondary Education, U of A
Dr. Gregory Harris Faculty of Education, Memorial University
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2016-09-07T10:59:20Z
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Although significant research examining childhood sexual assault already exists, the overwhelming majority has focused on females, guided by the male perpetrator–female victim paradigm. This focus on women and girls has led people to believe that the sexual abuse of young males is rare. This is not the case, however, since the majority of male sexual abuse survivors do not report their abuse, but suffer in silence, and consequently remain untreated. Currently, there are few studies exploring why males seldom report their abuse and why they take so long to disclose. Research that specifically examines the antecedents to non-reporting among males is needed. This research provides insight into the emotional, cognitive, physical and socio-cultural barriers men face, and their decision-making processes when considering whether or not to disclose their sexual abuse. Basic interpretive inquiry was used to examine the cognitive and psycho-social barriers that male victims face when considering disclosing. The questions that formulated the basis of the study are: 1) How do boys, and later men, who experienced childhood sexual abuse, perceive that others may have reacted and responded if they had disclosed their abuse? 2) How do these perceptions or beliefs make them react and respond?; 3) What are the decision-making processes they engage in when considering whether or not to disclose their abuse to a care provider, person in a position of authority or supportive friend?; 4) What were the environmental, cognitive and emotional contexts associated with this decision-making process? The knowledge gained from these questions will assist professionals to better meet the needs of male survivors of sexual abuse.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3474705B
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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