Adult women survivors of intrafamilial child sexual abuse and their current relationship with the abuser

Zvi Eisikovits, Dafna Tener*, Rachel Lev-Wiesel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article examines the adult perceptions of women survivors of intrafamilial child sexual abuse and their current relationship with the family member who abused them in their childhood. Twenty Jewish Israeli women were interviewed in depth between 2008 and 2009. Interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data analysis produced 2 interrelated continua with regard to the presence of the perpetrator in the women's life: a continuum of his actual daily presence in the woman's living space, ranging from complete absence to a continuous presence, and a continuum of his experiential presence, ranging from a high level of intrusiveness to encapsulation and total dissociation. The 2 continua are discussed and implications for practice are suggested.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)216-225
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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© 2016 American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Keywords

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Intrafamilial sexual abuse
  • Mental health qualitative
  • Relationship with perpetrator

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