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Women’s journey of recovery from sexual assault trauma : a grounded theory - Part 1

S.E. Duma, J.N. Mekwa, L.D. Denny
Curationis | Vol 30, No 4 | a1111 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i4.1111 | © 2007 S.E. Duma, J.N. Mekwa, L.D. Denny | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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S.E. Duma, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Town, South Africa
J.N. Mekwa, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Town, South Africa
L.D. Denny, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

Thousands of women and children experience sexual assault trauma annually in South Africa. The challenge posed by recovery from sexual assault trauma is a reality that confronts the survivors of sexual assault, their families and the larger community of service providers. Yet, little research has been conducted on recovery from sexual assault as a phenomenon. The purpose of the study was to explore and analyse the journey of recovery which is undertaken by women who have been sexually assaulted, with the aim of discovering and developing the grounded theory of recovery from sexual assault trauma within the first six months following the event of rape. The main research question was: What constitutes the journey of recovery undertaken by women within the first six months following sexual assault? A longitudinal qualitative study was conducted using the principles of grounded theory methodology as proposed by Strauss and Corbin (1990,1998). A series of indepth one-to-one interviews were conducted with a sample of ten women. The participants were selected through open, purposive and theoretical sampling procedures. The study was conducted over a period of six months following the event of sexual assault.

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