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Couples experiences of stranger rape : a systemic perspective

Show simple item record Bosman, Marina 2009-09-23T09:53:35Z 2009-09-23T09:53:35Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Bosman, Marina (2009) Couples experiences of stranger rape : a systemic perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description Dissertation en
dc.description.abstract The impact of stranger rape on the victim and those close to the victim is widely researched. However, little data is available on couples’ experiences of stranger rape and their relationships in the aftermath of such trauma. The researcher aimed to explore and gain an in-depth understanding of the unique experiences and relationship dynamics of couples dealing with stranger rape in order to enhance what is known about these couples. A qualitative research methodology was employed which consisted of conducting unstructured in-depth interviews with each of the three participant couples as well as obtaining individual written reflections from each participant. The study explicated unique descriptions of each couple’s experience of stranger rape, illuminated the interconnectedness and recursiveness between the rape and the couples’ relational and system dynamics and identified possible systemic effects at play in these couples’ relationships in the aftermath of such trauma. Key terms: stranger rape, couples, post-traumatic stress disorder, relational dynamics, systems, family systems theory, qualitative research, hermeneutics, social constructionism, postmodernism en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 255 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Rape en
dc.subject Traumatic stress en
dc.subject Stranger rape en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject Postmodernism en
dc.subject.ddc 616.858206
dc.subject.lcsh Rape -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Rape victims -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Family psychotherapy -- South Africa
dc.title Couples experiences of stranger rape : a systemic perspective en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology M.A. (Clinical Psychology)

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