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ERIC Number: EJ987228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Containing the Secret of Child Sexual Abuse
McElvaney, Rosaleen; Greene, Sheila; Hogan, Diane
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n6 p1155-1175 Apr 2012
This study reports a grounded theory study of the process of how children tell of their experiences of child sexual abuse from the perspectives of young people and their parents. Individual interviews were conducted with 22 young people aged 8 to 18, and 14 parents. A theoretical model was developed that conceptualises the process of disclosure as one of containing the secret of child sexual abuse. Three key dynamics were identified: the active withholding of the secret on the part of the child, the experience of a "pressure cooker effect" reflecting a conflict between the wish to tell and the wish to keep the secret, and the confiding itself which often occurs in the context of an intimacy being shared. Children's experiences of disclosure were multidetermined and suggest the need for multifaceted and multisystemic approaches to prevention and intervention. The need for the secret to be contained, individually and interpersonally in appropriate safeguarding and therapeutic contexts needs to be respected in helping children tell. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland