Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How women of color conceptualize and cope with their history of childhood sexual abuse: A preliminary investigation
by Archambeault, Michele, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2010, 136; 3432813
Abstract (Summary)

One's cultural system may influence how an individual deals with incidents of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), although limited research exists on how women of color perceive the experience and cope in the aftermath of CSA (Bensley et al., 2004; Clear, Vincent, & Harris, 2006; Leahy, Pretty, & Tenenbaum, 2003; Tyagi, 2001; Ullman & Filipas, 2005). The present qualitative study used a data archive to examine how a subsample of 12 African American and 12 Latina participants conceptualized their CSA histories and examined whether culture may have influenced their appraisal of the abuse. A subset of open-ended items from the Wyatt Sexual History Questionnaire (Wyatt, Lawrence, Vodounon, & Mickey, 1992) were content analyzed and triangulated with the Abuse Attribution Inventory (Feiring, Taska, & Lewis, 1998), Self-blame Scale (Coffey, Leitenberg, Henning, Turner, & Bennett, 1996), Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, Steers, & Brown, 1996), Post-Traumatic Disorder Scale (Foa, 1997), and Religious Well-being Scale (Ellison, Paloutzian, & Bufford, 1991). Thematic similarities and differences emerged between the Latina and African American participants in how both groups of women view their sexual victimization and how they coped with their experiences. Based on the findings of this study, a discussion of treatment considerations for women of color with histories of CSA is presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Asamen, Joy K.
Commitee: Bryant-Davis, Thema, Loeb, Tamra
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Psychology, Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Childhood sexual abuse, Ethnicity, Women of color
Publication Number: 3432813
ISBN: 9781124378305
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