Non-abusing mothers’ agency after disclosure of the child’s extra-familial sexual abuse
Serin, Hanife. (2021). Non-abusing mothers’ agency after disclosure of the child’s extra-familial sexual abuse. European Journal of Women`s Studies, 28(4), 532-546. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506820944432
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This qualitative study analysed the agency of eight non-abusing mothers in the Turkish Cypriot Community after disclosure that their child had been sexually abused by someone outside the family. The aim was to discover how, after disclosure, such mothers act to protect their children in the contexts of their family and community. The data were gathered via semi-structured in-depth interviews and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). In the nuclear family context, maternal agency emerged in the form of motherhood skills, including emotionally supporting the abused child, double-checking the child’s safety or limiting the child’s mobility, and controlling the actions of adult sons. In the community context, maternal agency was manifested in efforts to prevent men in the extended family or the abuser’s family from concealing the abuse and to obtain informal support from others such as birth or extended family members. The women were usually successful in hiding their reactions or making decisions in their children’s best interest despite frequently having to cope with the reality of living in a restrictive and patriarchal culture. The results emphasise the need for working with the general public and professionals to change the culture of silence and to improve the social support network for sexually abused children and non-abusing family members, especially mothers. ...
feminism interpretative phenomenological snalysis male oppression patriarchy qualitative research relationality social support social work violence against women and children women’s voice kvalitatiivinen tutkimus sosiaalinen tuki väkivalta sosiaalityö patriarkaalisuus lapset (ikäryhmät) toimijuus seksuaalinen hyväksikäyttö feministinen teoria fenomenologia sorto äidit lapset (perheenjäsenet)
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