Strength or Struggle: Significance of Spirituality for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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This descriptive exploratory study utilized open-ended questions in interviews of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in order to increase understanding of the spiritual relationship specifically between survivors of CSA and their healing processes, from the survivors' perspective. Adult participants, with no gender specification, were recruited through flyers at the University of Wyoming, local social service and mental health agencies, faith communities, as well as newspaper advertisements in Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Further recruitment, as needed, expanded across the state of Wyoming, into Northern Colorado and Rapid City, SD. Eight to ten interviews were conducted utilizing audio recording and transcription. The transcriptions were analyzed for themes regarding spiritual coping and struggles as they related to the healing process.

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