Volume 28, Issue 1
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Developed in the context of a larger research study on healing from sexual abuse, the present article analyzes written narratives (letters) produced by nine adolescents who have been victims of sexual assault and who successfully completed a specialized psychotherapy. Letters, directed to another child or adolescent starting their therapy in the same center, were analyzed using three integrated types of narrative analysis (thematic, structural and performative).

Key findings show that narratives exhibit messages of hope and encouragement, and adolescents view themselves as agents involved in their own transformation. In their letters, they urge other young children and adolescents to become actively involved in their own healing process. Participants stress the role of psychotherapy and therapeutic support in their recovery from sexual abuse.

Results are discussed highlighting the use of letters in clinical practice on adolescent sexual assault. Integration of multiple types of narrative analysis is discussed as a methodological support.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): agency; letters; narrative analysis; recovery; sexual abuse; therapy
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