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Bad Blood or My Blood: A Qualitative Study into the Dimensions of Interventions for Mothers with Children Born of Sexual Violence

by Elisa van Ee 1,2,* and Jorin Blokland 1
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Psychotraumacentrum Zuid-Nederland of Reinier van Arkel, Bethaniestraat 10, 5211 LJ ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
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Behavioral Science Institute of Radboud University Nijmegen, Montessorilaan 3, 6525 HR Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4810; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234810
Received: 8 November 2019 / Revised: 21 November 2019 / Accepted: 27 November 2019 / Published: 29 November 2019
Research has shown that there is a negative relation between the experience of sexual violence of mothers and the well-being of their children. When a child is born out of sexual violence, the origin of the child is connected to the traumatic experience. Despite the difficult maternal task of navigating this relationship, research on interventions for mothers with a child born of sexual violence is absent. The current qualitative study was designed to gather expert knowledge of twelve clinicians on the dimensions of interventions for these mothers and their children as a first step in the development of good clinical practice for interventions. Using thematic analysis, the interviews were transcribed, coded and analyzed. Three building blocks for interventions for mothers and their children born of sexual violence were identified: building a secure attachment, reduction of trauma-related symptomatology, and addressing stigmatization. Clinicians describe many factors that need to be taken into account in treatment but emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship to be efficacious. The foundation of a strong therapeutic relationship together with the building blocks are the elements for good clinical practice on interventions for mothers with a child born of sexual violence. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual violence; rape born; mother–child relationship; stigma; attachment; trauma sexual violence; rape born; mother–child relationship; stigma; attachment; trauma
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van Ee, E.; Blokland, J. Bad Blood or My Blood: A Qualitative Study into the Dimensions of Interventions for Mothers with Children Born of Sexual Violence. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4810.

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