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Empathy: A possible factor in treating male victims of child sexual abuse
by Prayer, Linda Madeleine, M.A., Alliant International University, 2010, 130; 1571691
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the variability in empathy amongst clinicians toward males and females who were the victims of child sexual abuse. Empathy has been clearly established as a crucial component of the direction and outcome of the psychotherapeutic care of a patient. Research shows that typically males who were the victims of sexual abuse during childhood often receive less empathy from their support system than females do. Empathy is pivotal to the treatment of males who were sexually abused because it is one of the main key-components addressing the psychopathology and perpetration risk-level of the patient. This study gathered clinicians' reports of empathic feelings utilizing the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI). The research design was correlational. The findings showed that the group of therapists who read the male vignette demonstrated less empathy overall than the group of therapists who read the female vignette. This study highlights the importance of empathy within the treatment of sexually abused males and the goal of reducing the risk of perpetration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Petersen, Suni
Commitee: England, Fiana, Gaffney, Brenda, Houghton, Kelly, Kaminski-Wadle, Kristin, Lee, Ka, Reynolds, Kristina, Simonson, Stephen, Thayer, Desmond
School: Alliant International University
Department: Sacramento, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Empathy, Interpersonal reactivity index, Male victims, Perpetration, Therapy
Publication Number: 1571691
ISBN: 978-1-321-43718-8
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