ERIC Number: EJ837388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
In Their Own Voices: Women Who Were Sexually Abused by Members of the Clergy
Flynn, Kathryn A.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v17 n3-4 p216-237 Oct 2008
Women remain perhaps the forgotten majority of persons to survive clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse. The impact of this abuse of women has been largely overlooked. Through a qualitative exploration of narratives from semistructured interviews of 25 women sexually abused by clergy (18 as adults and 7 as children), this study examined how the women experienced symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Consideration is given to clergy-specific factors related to CPSA. Other considerations included intensified captivity experiences for many and extreme isolation related to nonexistent "contexts" for validation and support. A change in personal spirituality among many subjects from structured traditional religious practice to spirituality strongly dependent on interpersonal and relational factors is also considered.
Descriptors: Clergy, Sexual Abuse, Females, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Victims of Crime, Child Abuse, Interviews, Stress Variables, Psychological Patterns, Screening Tests, Religious Factors, Arousal Patterns, Anxiety, Physical Health, Affective Behavior, Trust (Psychology), Social Bias, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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