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How Does Nature Help Women Heal from Sexual Assault: A Narrative Analysis

  • Author / Creator
    Moore, Ceri L
  • Due to the potentially devastating implications of sexual assault, investigating how women heal in the aftermath of this event is imperative. One method of healing which has received minimal research attention has been spending time in nature. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to answer the question: How does nature help women heal from sexual assault? Using a qualitative narrative methodology, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with four female sexual assault survivors from the community. Analysis of interview data resulted in individualized accounts of each woman’s journey of healing through nature. In addition, themes and subthemes reflecting the common elements of healing across participants were generated. These common themes were: providing emotional support, connecting with spirituality, changing the experience of the self, and refocusing attention. Findings are contextualized within the existing literature and implications for practice are provided.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3C40N
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. 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.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Counselling Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Van Vliet, Jessica (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)
    • Buck, George (Educational Psychology)