Voices of adolescent incest victims: A qualitative study on feelings about trauma and expectations of recovery
Fiche mise à jour le 15 mai 2020
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.
We focused on in-depth interviews of five incest victims (14–16 years girls, from low socioeconomic status in southeastern of Turkey).
- 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.
- Dysfunctional coping style with the incest: Adolescents told that they threatened the perpetrators in various phases of incest.
- 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.
- The urge to destroy happy memories: This theme presents data on the adolescents’ expectations about recovery.