Exploring male survivors of childhood sexual abuse experiences of specialist counselling services

Viliardos, LA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0288-0924, Murphy, N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2933-2175 and McAndrew, SL ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4681-3261 2022, 'Exploring male survivors of childhood sexual abuse experiences of specialist counselling services' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research .

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Abstract

Global estimates suggest 5% to 10% of men report experience of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). However, male CSA is significantly underreported, with men being reluctant to disclose due to vulnerability, stigmatisation, homophobic responses, and fearing a loss of masculinity. A lack of research and service provision targeted towards men suggests male survivors of CSA are marginalised. This qualitative study, using a narrative approach, focused on four adult male survivors of CSA. The aim of the study was to explore their experiences of engaging in counselling and support services for CSA from non-statutory and voluntary organisations. Face-to-face narrative interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Analysis was undertaken using a two-phase approach; firstly, each narrative was analysed as a whole, secondly, an across transcripts analysis was carried out to identify shared themes and divergences that emerged from the individual stories. In this paper findings from the second phase of the analysis are presented. Three themes regarding male survivors’ experiences of specialist counselling services were identified; ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor,’ ‘Trust me, I’m a Counsellor,’ and ‘Counsellor or Mother?’ This is the first academic study focusing specifically on men’s experience of support for CSA in the United Kingdom from a service user perspective. Making an original contribution to the knowledge base regarding counselling experiences and the effectiveness of therapy for male CSA survivors, it will help to inform professional counselling services who are likely to come into contact with male survivors of CSA.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1473-3145
Depositing User: LA Viliardos
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2022 10:03
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2022 10:15
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65399

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