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NCJ Number: 237831 Find in a Library
Title: Relational Challenges and Recovery Processes in Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:April 2010  Pages:666-683
Author(s): Maryam Kia-Keating; Lynn Sorsoli; Frances K. Grossman
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 18
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, examined the relational challenges and the processes by which these survivors improved their capacity for seeking and participating in supportive relationships over time.
Abstract: Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse face challenges resolving sexual victimization experiences with the ideals of masculinity, often experiencing intimacy problems, emotional discomfort, alienation, and anger. Little attention has been paid to how male survivors learn to develop long-term connections, disclose emotions in relationship contexts, and negotiate intimacy. The current qualitative study of 16 adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, examined the relational challenges and the processes by which these survivors improved their capacity for seeking and participating in supportive relationships over time. Several mechanisms associated with positive adaptation were identified in their narratives, including engaging in safe relationships; gaining a sense of belonging by locating a community of others with shared experiences; learning healthy ways to manage relationships through setting boundaries, controlling anger, building trust, and developing intimacy; and achieving acceptance. Clinical implications and future directions for research and intervention are presented. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Male sexual abuse victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Interpersonal relations; Victim services
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