The impact of sexual assault on the romantic relationships of female survivors: reflections from mental health professionals

  • Author / Creator
    Lauridsen, Erica
  • The purpose of the present study was to examine the perceptions of mental health professionals regarding the impact of female sexual assault on heterosexual romantic relationships. Specifically, the implications of non-partner sexual assault were investigated. A qualitative approach was selected in order to examine this topic. Data was generated through semi-structured interviews with five mental health professionals and subsequently analyzed using a thematic analysis approach offered by Braun and Clarke (2006). Four broad themes materialized from this analysis to effectively capture the data, including: a) implications of individual processing, b) significant relationship changes, c) response to external variables, and d) pre-assault functioning affects post-assault response. The resultant implications of these findings are discussed in light of relevant research. Practice implications and future research directions are also highlighted.

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    Master of Education
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Everall, Robin (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)
    • Wallace, Janice (Educational Policy Studies)