“I am not a victim, I am a survivor”: healthy sexuality as a context for resilience in women survivors of childhood sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.author Newsom, Kimmery C.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-26T16:56:13Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-26T16:56:13Z
dc.date.issued 2013-11-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16934
dc.description.abstract The current study was conducted with women survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) about their experiences of resilience in the context of interpersonal and sexually intimate relationships. Six women between the ages of 18 and 55, who self-identified as resilient on the pre-screening form, were invited to participate in the study. Qualitative methods with a phenomenological lens were employed. One-on-one interviews were conducted with participants. The results revealed the perspective and focus the survivors have regarding resilience and sexuality in interpersonal relationships. The participants had very similar thought patterns, which supports the idea that women survivors who self-identify as resilient have very similar experiences when it comes to resilience, relationship functioning and the view of themselves as sexual beings. Some of the main themes that emerged included but were not limited to bouncing back, moving forward, determination, confidence, use of voice, safe, loving relationships, empowered, church, God, religion, etc. Although each woman’s experience is not exactly the same, their views regarding their mental, emotional, and physical experiences as survivors of CSA were very similar. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Resilience en_US
dc.subject Sexuality
dc.subject Survivors
dc.subject Childhood sexual abuse
dc.title “I am not a victim, I am a survivor”: healthy sexuality as a context for resilience in women survivors of childhood sexual abuse en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Karen S. Myers-Bowman en_US
dc.subject.umi Individual & Family Studies (0628) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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