Unique outcomes of women and men who were abused

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PROBLEM. To determine if individuals who have experienced extensive victimization throughout their lives tell stories about "unique outcomes." METHODS. An examination of existing narrative data collected from 27 women and 17 men who had participated in one of several qualitative studies of sexual violence. Unique outcomes stories identified from the interview transcripts were categorized according to the type of experiences described, and the nature of men an women's stores were compared. FINDINGS. Six types of unique outcomes stories were identified in the women's narratives (rebellion, breaking free, resurgence, refuge, determination, confidant) and three types in the men's narratives (reawakening, buddy and normal guy, champion). CONCLUSIONS. Unique outcomes stories are common in narratives otherwise focused on abuse. Common themes are apparent, and the nature of men's and women's stories differ markedly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Abuse
  • Chronic victimization
  • Narrative therapy
  • Unique outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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