Attributes of spirituality described by survivors of sexual violence

Gregory P. Knapik, Donna S. Martsolf, Claire B. Draucker, Karen D. Strickland

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Abstract

This study focuses on what aspects of attributes of spirituality as defined by Martsolf and Mickley (1998) are most salient for female and male survivors of sexual violence. Content analysis of secondary narrative data, provided by 50 participants in a study of women's and men's responses to sexual violence, was coded to the five attributes of spirituality as defined by Martsolf and Mickley. The attribute aspects of connecting with others in spiritual ways and with God/higher power were particularly significant. The attribute of transcendence was found less important, and the attributes of value, becoming, and meaning were not found important. The Martsolf and Mickley framework helped organize narrative data for a content analysis of spirituality in survivors of sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-657
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Report
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attributes
  • Connecting
  • Content analysis
  • Recovery
  • Sexual violence
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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    Knapik, G. P., Martsolf, D. S., Draucker, C. B., & Strickland, K. D. (2010). Attributes of spirituality described by survivors of sexual violence. Qualitative Report, 15(3), 644-657.