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Voices of adolescent incest victims: A qualitative study on feelings about trauma and expectations of recovery

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Numéros : vol. 34, nº 2
Date de publication : 1 avril 2020
Etendue : pp. 67-74
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Background

Incest, is a serious social problem facing society and children/adolescents themselves. The purpose of this study is to explore the ways adolescents talk about and give meaning to their experiences of incest concerning cultural, ethnic factors relevant to southeastern of Turkey.

Method

We focused on in-depth interviews of five incest victims (14–16 years girls, from low socioeconomic status in southeastern of Turkey).

Results

Four key themes were constructed from the qualitative analysis:
  1. Unable to understand/Delayed meaning-making: Adolescents provided definitive information about the first abuse memory but they were also unable to understand what they had experienced so they delayed meaning making.
  2. Dysfunctional coping style with the incest: Adolescents told that they threatened the perpetrators in various phases of incest.
  3. Avoidance of eye contact by the perpetrator: We recognized that perpetrators avoided social contact with the victim. This theme evokes dehumanizing of women during incest.
  4. The urge to destroy happy memories: This theme presents data on the adolescents’ expectations about recovery.

Conclusion

According to the themes, two fundamental therapeutic precepts could guide the treatment process for adolescent girl incest survivors: 1. Exploration of the delayed meaning making: Therapist could address dysfunctional family functioning and explain that it is normal for a child to be delayed in meaning making. 2. Recovery of the adolescent’s lost self after semantic dehumanization in abuses: Therapist should help her to dispute irrational beliefs about worthlessness and to gain control of her body.

Mots clés SantéPsy :

Inceste, Adolescent, Victime mineure, Traumatisme, Rétablissement, Souvenir, Compréhension, Relation agresseur-victime, Famille pathologique, Récit de vie, Psychothérapie

Mots clés libres :

Adaptation dysfonctionnelle

Lieux :

Turquie

Détails

Numéro de fiche : 392
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 08/04/2020
Dernière modification : 15/05/2020
Statut : Publié