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Title: Beyond Surviving: Gender Differences in Response to Early Sexual Experiences With Adults
Contributor(s): Hunter, Sally  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X08321493
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Abstract: The aim of this research project was to explore how men and women constructed a sense of self through narrative following an early sexual experience with an adult. Using narrative inquiry methodology, 22 in-depth interviews were conducted in New South Wales, Australia, with 13 women and 9 men ages between 25 and 70. All participants had an early sexual experience at the age of 15 or younger with someone 18 or older. Narrative analysis was used to examine the co-constructed stories that emerged. Participants told four evolving narratives about their experiences: narratives of silence, of ongoing suffering, of transformation, and of transcendence. The gender differences between these narratives have been examined in the light of the literature relating to childhood sexual abuse, the victim and survivor discourses, and the social construction of gender.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Family Issues, 30(3), p. 391-412
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: Thousand Oaks, United States of America
ISSN: 1552-5481
Field of Research (FOR): 111710 Health Counselling
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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