The purpose of this study aimed to examine the use and effectiveness of religiosity, spirituality, and creative arts as culturally sensitive forms of coping among adult Latina and/or Hispanic child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors. Research has demonstrated that methods of coping serve as culturally sensitive techniques that help Latinas cope with CSA experiences by fostering feelings of empowerment, pride, and safety (Becker, 2015; Collins, O’Neill-Arana, Fontes, & Osseg, 2014; Ligiero, Fassinger, McCauley, Moore, & Lyytinen, 2009; Marques et al., 2016; Meston, Lorenz, & Stephenson, 2013; Sabina, Cuevas, & Schally, 2012; Sweig, 2000). Despite these findings, these interventions with this specific population appear to under-explored due to Latino cultural influences on help-seeking behaviors, Latino cultural values and beliefs, and acculturation levels and variations within the Latino community. Utilizing a mixed methods study design, six participants completed three self-report questionnaires in addition to a face-to-face, audio-recorded interview on their use of religiosity, spirituality, and/or creative arts to cope with their CSA experience(s). Eligible participants included women over the age of 18 who self-identified as either Latina or Hispanic, reported a history of CSA, and whose primary language was either English or Spanish. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize, organize, and describe sample demographics, CSA experiences, and levels of acculturation. Interviews were analyzed through grounded theory. Results suggests that in the context of a culture in which CSA is taboo, recovery from CSA is a process that, for many religiously oriented Latinas and/or Hispanics, includes religious coping, spiritual practice, community support, connection to one’s self and others, and use of the expressive arts.
|Commitee:||Castaneda-Sound, Carrie, Banks, Martha|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Spirituality, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Child sexual abuse, Creative arts, Latinas, Sirituality|
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