Female survivors of child sexual abuse: Finding voice through research participation

Natalie McClain, Angela Frederick Amar

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It is unclear whether survivors of trauma are at risk of emotional or psychological distress when they participate in research because there is little data on the subjective experience of research study participants and how they make meaning from their participation in research. This qualitative descriptive study explored the experience of research participation by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We interviewed 12 female survivors and identified themes. Participants noted both positive personal and societal benefits of study participation and reported no harm due to their research participation. Study findings can help researchers understand the perspectives of participants regarding the benefits of taking part in violence research and can help allay concerns over causing participants undue psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-487
Number of pages6
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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