A phenomenological exploration of the personal response and self-appraisals of veteran professionals providing trauma interventions related to childhood sexual abuse

Ralph Wahl Battinieri, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

This investigation focused on the lived experiences of eleven veteran professionals providing interventions to victims and/or aggressors of childhood sexual abuse. It identifies and describes schemata, patterns, and adaptive coping strategies that enabled the respondents to process accounts of childhood sexual abuse/assault. This inquiry was limited to exploring the personal responses of experienced social/mental health service professionals providing in child maltreatment intervention, under the aegis of public and private agencies. It does not concern itself with members of the other professions (e.g., law, medicine, education, etc.) who may provide similar, or auxiliary time-limited services. This exploration is distinct in that it reports the lived experiences of veteran field professionals from the perspective of trauma theory and trauma recovery. The philosophical arguments generating the design of the present study are founded in constructivist theory. The methods are based in the principle of new paradigm research and those of grounded theory research. The present study engaged the participants in a single unstructured in-depth interview. The data collection instrument designed for this study was the Child Sexual Abuse Self-Appraisal Response Interview guide (CSASAR). Content analysis was applied to the transcriptions of the recorded interviews. This study models a dialogical process of scientific inquiry guided by the self-reported experiences and observations of the key-informants studies. The conclusion suggest the appraisals and personal response process of the individuals are emergent and constructed in the course of each professionals' career, and do in fact proceed through stages. The results suggest some professionals exposed to the traumatic effects of child maltreatment can and do make sense out of their experience. The findings indicate that trauma and interventions can become the center around which individuals organize and identify the meaning of their own existences. Suggestions are made for future research.

Subject Area

Psychotherapy|Social work

Recommended Citation

Battinieri, Ralph Wahl, "A phenomenological exploration of the personal response and self-appraisals of veteran professionals providing trauma interventions related to childhood sexual abuse" (1996). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI9627880.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9627880

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