The Experience of Mothers from the Israeli Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Sector after Disclosure of Their Child’s Sexual Abuse as Manifested in Drawings and Narratives

Aiala Szyfer Lipinsky, Limor Goldner

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Abstract

Child sexual abuse is present in all strata of Israeli society. However, there is scant research on the emotional experiences of non-abusing mothers after disclosure. In particular, no studies have examined the experiences of these mothers from the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. The current study analyzed the drawings and short narratives of 21 Israeli Ultra-Orthodox mothers to explore the effects of the disclosure of their child’s sexual abuse. A phenomenological approach was used to analyze the drawings and yielded four different phenomena: (1) squiggles that represented distress, (2) the mother-child relationship, (3) pseudo-sweet houses, and (4) split drawings. The drawings were either colorful, sweet or shallow, or alternatively were in black and white. As confirmed by the narratives, these drawings primarily expressed the negative emotions of shock, sadness, distress, guilt, and failure as mothers. While some mothers reported breaking down and that pain had permeated their daily lives others coped by dissociating the painful experience, putting up a façade of normalcy, or splitting their lives into two parts corresponding to before and after the disclosure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-104
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • CSA
  • Jewish Ultra-Orthodox
  • drawing
  • internal distress
  • mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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