This qualitative phenomenological study on the experiences of female circumcision survivors in Sierra Leone is needed to assist human rights organizations campaigning against harmful traditional practices to eradicate female circumcision in the country. Using the experiences of survivors will potentially help shape the message and communication style by human rights activists that will promote a harmonious relationship between both parties to work together in the process of eradication. There were two cohorts involved in this research, the cultural cohort involved 30 women who have gone through female circumcision, and a Western cohort which involved 30 staff of five human rights organizations directly working on the eradication of female circumcision. The thematic formulation built upon social constructivism and psychological paradigm resulted in ten thematic areas from both cohorts. The traditional notion of culture that the initiators extensively draw to exploit in accomplishing their didactic purposes is urgent to discern while recalling the indelible scars that the Sierra Leoneans left on the psychic paradigm of the tribal communities.
|Advisor:||Cleve, Robert A.|
|Commitee:||Perez, Patricia H.A., Wolputte, Steven Van|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Female circumcision, Harmful traditional practices, Human rights organizations|
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