Victims of child sexual abuse : who's responsible and who's believable?

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dc.contributor.advisor Bell, Sandra Jean, 1943-
dc.creator Howell, Alanna 2011-05-09T12:32:49Z 2011-05-09T12:32:49Z 2007
dc.identifier.other HV6570 H69 2007
dc.description viii, 161 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 117-134).
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates whether perpetrator-victim and counsellor characteristics influence counsellors' views of victim responsibility and credibility. Counsellors (n=149) surveyed by mail and over the internet read a vignette describing an incident of CSA, completed a 12-question survey along a 7-point Likert-type scale, responded to 2 open-ended discussion questions, and completed a demographic survey. Results from a logistic regression analysis found that: victim gender predicted views of victim responsibility for boys; more years of counselling experience predicted the disbelief of CSA disclosures; and more years experience counselling CSA clients predicted credibility of CSA disclosures. Early feminist works on CSA are used to argue that transgressions of gender norms elicit interpretations of victims that realign their behaviour with patriarchal ideals of femininity and masculinity. However, the existence of various gender pairings of perpetrator-victim relationships suggest that my findings support a revised view of patriarchy that is more in line with intersectional feminist literature.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV6570
dc.subject.lcsh Child sexual abuse
dc.subject.lcsh Child sexual abuse -- Sex differences
dc.subject.lcsh Counselors -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory
dc.title Victims of child sexual abuse : who's responsible and who's believable?
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Criminology Masters Sociology and Criminology Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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