The phenomenological study on the psychological experience of mothers of sexually abused children

성폭력 피해 아동 어머니의 심리적 경험에 관한 현상학적 연구

  • Yang, Sun-Wha (Dongshin University Department of Social Welfare)
  • 양선화 (동신대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2008.06.17
  • Accepted : 2008.07.20
  • Published : 2008.08.31


This study is a phenomenological study on the experience of mothers of sexually abused children. The participants were 6 mothers whose children were sexually abused. The data was then analyzed according to Colaizzi's method. 253 sentences and phrases, 65 formulating meanings that were general, metaphysical, 27 theme, 13 theme clusters, 5 categories based on interview were selected. The following are the findings of study. 1. Shock : Perplexity, Confusion 2. Coping ; Settlement 3. Mental anguish: Anger, Anxiety, Suffering, Isolation 4. Conquest: Stabilization, Acceptance, Consolation, Change 5. Scar: Extant of anxiety, Concern The results show that the experience of the mother of sexually abused children changed over a period of time and they were willing to protect their children and resolve the issues within society. This research contributed to an understanding of the experience of mothers of sexually abused children, using phenomenological research method without the resource of previous study. This study suggests that social welfare services is needed for sexually abused children and their mothers.