Surviving Incest: The Art of Resistance


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

An interview study describes the development of resilient capacities among 26 female incest survivors. Resilience stemmed from active resistance to participants’ perpetrators and eventually matured into strategies to prevent, withstand, stop, or oppose their childhood oppression and its consequences. Three themes emerged: resistance to (a) being powerless, (b) being silenced, and (c) being isolated. Implications for social work practice include focusing on resistance to oppression as part of a resiliency-oriented conceptual model in working with adult survivors of incest.

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