Patterns of coping and characteristics of high-functioning incest survivors.

@article{DiPalma1994PatternsOC,
  title={Patterns of coping and characteristics of high-functioning incest survivors.},
  author={Lou DiPalma},
  journal={Archives of psychiatric nursing},
  year={1994},
  volume={8 2},
  pages={82-90}
}
  • Lou DiPalma
  • Published 1994 in Archives of psychiatric nursing
An exploratory study using a phenomenological approach was designed to examine methods of coping and adaptation that may facilitate a healthy adjustment after sexual abuse. In-depth interviews were conducted with a sample of 15 high-functioning adult female incest survivors. The results identify the capacity of sexually abused children to use avoidance strategies and use psychological escape mechanisms to cope with the abuse; and helped explicate the adult process of separation, self-discovery… CONTINUE READING