Master of Social Work (MSW)
Individuals, Families, and Groups
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Dr. Shoshana Pollack
Within the existing body of literature on women survivors of intrafamilial childhood sexual abuse (CSA), there is extant literature that indicates that survivors will experience mothering challenges later in life. However, little research has focused on the possibility that mothering might also function as a site of healing. Addressing this gap, this thesis explores the mothering experiences of six women who experienced childhood sexual abuse by a family member. Working within a narrative methodology, data was gathered through semi-structured, in-depth interviews, and analyzed using a combination of categorical-content and holistic-content analysis. Three overarching themes were identified: 1) The Impact of Abuse on Self and Relationships, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, 2) The Restorative Potential of Mothering, and 3) The Role of Motherhood Discourse. Read through a relational-cultural theoretical lens, the findings indicate that the relational experience of mothering can function as a source of empowerment, resilience, and healing.
Burrill, Eva L.P., ""It's Not Written in Stone": A Narrative Analysis of the Mothering Experiences of Women who Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse by a Family Member" (2015). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 1730.