Experiences of Malaysian professionals working with sexually abused children: an exploratory study

Nen, Salina (2010) Experiences of Malaysian professionals working with sexually abused children: an exploratory study. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This study set out to explore Malaysian professionals’ experiences of working with sexually abused children. Although the international literature on professionals’ experiences of sexually abused children is considerable, Malaysian research is sparse. The current study sought to redress this imbalance by conducting a qualitative study, informed by a grounded theory approach to investigate how working with sexually abused children affects the lives of professionals both professionally and personally; the strategies, including coping strategies, professionals used to overcome the difficulties associated with their work and whether any characteristics of the Malaysian sociocultural context contributed to the difficulties they encountered. In depth semi structured interviews were conducted with 21 participants representing a range of professions, all of whom had experience of working with child sexual abuse victims.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16105
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords child sexual abuse, child abuse, sexually abused children, child maltreatment professionals, child care, child care professionals, child abuse professionals, child abuse workers, burnout, coping, mental health of workers, psychological effects, emotional effects, trauma, occupational health and safety, OHS, OH&S, industrial safety, Malaysia, Malaysian
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