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NCJ Number: 230281 Find in a Library
Title: Coping Strategies Used by Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Journey to Recovery
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 2010  Pages:62-78
Author(s): Thanomjit Phanichrat; Julia M. Townshend
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 17
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored adult survivors' reflections and their use of coping strategies along the journey toward their present adjustment.
Abstract: This interpretative phenomenological analysis study explored seven adult survivors' experiences of coping with childhood sexual abuse and identified their coping strategies on the road to recovery. Data for the analysis was collected using semistructured interviews. The analytical process yielded two key theme clusters: avoidant coping strategies and problem-focused coping strategies. The participants journeyed through similar gradual and dynamic coping processes by initially adopting avoidant strategies before turning to problem-focused ones. A healthy process of coping with sexual abuse involved seeking support, cognitive engagement, optimistic thinking, self-acceptance, and seeking meaning strategies. This study suggests that problem-focused coping strategies should be promoted as part of therapeutic intervention. Table, figure, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Coping
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Sexually abused adolescents; Treatment intervention model
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