This study examined the experiences of intra-familial Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and disclosure for Mexican and Mexican American women living in the United States, and how their acculturation influenced these experiences. Six women were interviewed using a semi-structured interview. Each woman also completed a demographic questionnaire and the Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II (ARSMA-II) as a means to provide color, richness, and insight into each survivor's lived experience. The interviews were systematically analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). As a result of the analysis of the data, several themes emerged across and within each interview: (a) the challenges and benefits of immigration, (b) the presence of dysfunction in the family of origin, (c) the effects of abuse and disclosure on self-value and self-esteem, (d) the loss of power and attempts to regain power and control, (e) the feeling of anger towards abusers, disclosers, and others, (f) multiple perpetrators and revictimization, (g) the impact of abuse and disclosure experiences on relationships with others, (h) the use of justification and minimization as a way to cope with experiences of abuse and disclosure, and (i) the regrets, benefits, and gains of disclosure. All levels of acculturation and acculturation strategies were utilized by the Mexican and Mexican American women. While there were differences in their experiences of abuse and disclosure, there were many commonalities across their stories. Most profound was the resilience and strength of these women, despite the challenges and struggles they faced when disclosing their abuse. Limitations of this study and implications for future research and clinical practice were also discussed.
|School:||Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Clinical psychology, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Childhood sexual abuse, Mexican, Mexican-American, Sexual abuse, Women survivors|
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