Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploration of the role of the healing process in the lives of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
by Rodriguez, Julio C., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 111; 1523339
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the role that the healing process has in the lives of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The sample included 12 male participants who had been sexually abused as children. Qualitative methods were employed to interview the sample of 12 male survivors, and their testimonies were analyzed to gain insight into the way that individuals cope overtime with sexually related trauma.

The findings of this research revealed that a majority of participants continue to experience symptoms associated with the stigma related to their experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Many continue to harbor feelings of anger and resentment towards their perpetrator(s), as well as feelings of hypersexuality, and the use of substances as a way to manage their trauma, which can impact their interpersonal relationships in some cases. An encouraging note, 50% of the participants in this study indicated that they have come to terms with the abuse and have accepted their experience, expressing spirituality as a way to cope, also 50% stated self-forgiveness, indicating that they have gained some insight about themselves as survivors of a traumatic life situation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
Commitee: Glezakos, Agathi, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Social work
Publication Number: 1523339
ISBN: 978-1-303-20907-9
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