Listening to the Stories of Adults in Treatment who Were Sexually Abused as Childrenedit
This qualitative study examines the healing and recovery stories of 27 adult sexual abuse survivors. Three main themes emerged in their narratives: (1) creating a coherent life narrative, (2) the importance of turning points along the way, and (3) developing supportive connections. Results from this study underscore the importance of grounding mental health treatment and services in the words, style, content, and form of client stories. Narrative theory holds particular promise as a guiding model for understanding the stories of adults who experienced sexual abuse in childhood.