Talking Therapy Services for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Scotland: Perspectives of Service Users and Professionals



Chouliara, Zoë and Karatzias, T and Scott-Brien, G and MacDonald, A and MacArthur, J and Frazer, N (2011) Talking Therapy Services for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Scotland: Perspectives of Service Users and Professionals. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 20 (2). pp. 128-156. ISSN 1053-8712

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Abstract

This study aimed to elicit perceptions and experiences of talking therapy services for CSA survivors and professionals utilizing qualitative interviews and analyzing transcripts using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Participants included 13 adult survivors and 31 professionals in statutory and voluntary services in Scotland. Main themes were benefits from and challenges of the therapeutic process. Benefits included a trusting therapeutic relationship, feeling safe to disclose, breaking isolation, enhancing self-esteem and self-worth, contextualizing the abuse, and moving toward recovery. Challenges included trauma-focused work, supportive contact, continuity and consistency of services, accessibility during acute episodes, hearing and managing disclosures, child protection issues, and availability and accessibility of services. The findings support a greater emphasis on relational models, supervision, and training.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood sexual abuse, survivors, professionals, qualitative, talking therapy, services
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 09:05
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:57
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1663

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