Life-course typology of adults who experienced sexual violence

Claire Draucker, Donna Martsolf

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Two qualitative methodologies were used to develop a life-course typology of individuals who had been exposed to sexual violence. Interview narratives of 121 adult women and men who participated in qualitative study of women's and men's responses to sexual violence provided the data. The authors combined a narrative approach (holistic-content and holistic-form analysis) to describe the life courses of the participants and a qualitative person-oriented approach (cross-case analysis) to identify meaningful subgroups within the total sample. The six groups are as follows: (a) life of turmoil, (b) life of struggles, (c) diminished life, (d) taking control of life, (e), finding peace in life, and (f) getting life back to normal. This work exemplifies a promising strategy for identifying subgroups of violence-exposed individuals within a heterogeneous sample. Such a typology could aid the development of treatment approaches that consider both the substance and the structure of an individual's life course, rather than target one specific type of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1182
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Narrative analysis
  • Person-oriented methods
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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