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Title: 
  • Stress in relation to social support of mothers of sexually abused children
Degree: 
  • Master's
Abstract: 
  • This study explores whether there is a relationship between perceived social support and perceived stress, and possible factors that affect stress levels of 48 female caregivers of children undergoing therapy for child sexual abuse at the Children´s House, in Reykjavik.
    Parents completed questionnaires that contained the 10-item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), the Sources of Social Support survey, with the addition of a few background variables. The results showed that 12.5% were under mild or no stress, 29.2% were under moderate stress, and 58.3% were under severe stress. The mean PSS-10 score was 22.06 (SD = 7.3). Perceived social support from relatives and friends, had a weak-to-moderate positive correlation with stress scores when the abuse was intrafamilial, rather than extrafamilial. Stress levels did not differ by marital status (single or not single), severity levels of abuse, duration of abuse, or the child´s relationship with the perpetrator. Sixty four percent reported that they would most prefer therapy as additional support. These results suggest that when the mothers are highly stressed, they seek, and/or get, more support from relatives and friends, especially when it comes to intrafamilial sexual abuse.

Sponsor: 
  • RANNIS—The Icelandic Centre for Research
Accepted: 
  • Aug 24, 2017
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/28706


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