The aims of this study were to explore childhood sexual abused survivors’ psychological progress, recovery progress and the incident self-disclosure. The researcher also expects that the important issues found in this study can provide new views to professional therapists and others who work with sexual abuse survivors. The researcher applies self-disclosure analysis of qualitative research to collect and analyze data. The researcher interviewed two female survivors who suffered childhood sexual abuse and conduct psychotherapy with semi-structural in-depth interviews. Finally, the researcher applied the theory of “holistic-content” and “categorical-content” to describe the survivors’ transformation and self-disclosure trauma.
According to researcher’s study, both survivors had failure self-disclosure experiences during their childhood and teenage hood. That causes the survivors did not mention this issue to anyone else until they are adult. Before the self-disclosure interviews, both survivors were expecting negative result. There were also a lot of emotion appears during the interview, such as anger, fear, lonely, confused…etc, but after few sessions of self-disclosure interviews, both survivors experienced the relief of the emotion. Beside the emotional relief, both survivors also received positive support from their intimate partner. The only difference between two survivors is that survivor A had more experiences of self-disclosure, willing to discuss the sexual abuse trauma with her “significant other”, and strive for the support. Survivor B is more implicit, and tries to hide the incident as much as possible. She will not discuss her sexual abuse trauma with her “significant other”. However, both survivors who suffered from childhood sexual abuse have received benefit of emotional relief, recovery progress and self-esteem build up after few self-disclosure interviews.
Base on this study, it also found the factors that influence the survivors’ willingness to self-disclosure or not include social factor, family factor, significant other and consulting experiences.