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Degree

Master of Education

Program

Psychology

Supervisor

Dr. Susan Rodger

Abstract

The present study explored the lived experience of first-time pregnant women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and have immigrated to Canada. This experience was explored through an ecological lens to understand the multiple layers of impact these experiences had in these women’s lives. Secondary data interviews, from a larger study on embodied trauma, were analyzed to better understand the impact of childhood sexual abuse, immigration and culture on the transition to motherhood. Qualitative phenomenological method was followed. Three themes emerged from the data, including transitions, vulnerability, and role concepts. Findings were compared with existing research. Implications for helping professionals, working with pregnant women, as well as the counselling field in general were discussed.


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