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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Nxumalo, Tebuhleni Phila
Email tebuhleni.nxumalo@gmail.com
URN etd-06102011-113125
Document Title Proactive coping, just-world beliefs and future aspirations of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr S Human-Vogel Supervisor
  • proactive coping
  • future aspirations
  • child sexual abuse
  • personal belief in a just world
Date 2011-04-12
Availability unrestricted

This study represents a shift in focus with regard to studies related to traumatic events such as childhood sexual abuse (CSA). It endeavours to go beyond documenting the prevalence of CSA to understanding the moderating factors that encourage adaptive adjustment to CSA.

The rationale of this study was to understand how personal beliefs in a just world, future aspirations and proactive coping in the context of an earlier traumatic event such as CSA, are related. My secondary interest was to understand how the aforementioned constructs feature in the development of resilience. I strove to do this by exploring the relationship between proactive coping, just-world beliefs (with specific reference to personal belief in a just world) and future aspirations of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

I made use of an instrumental case study design. A single participant was purposively selected for this study due to her unique features of being a self-identified resilient survivor of child sexual abuse. Data was collected over a period of three months by means of semi-structured interviews, drawings and theory-based scales. In this study I made use of qualitative data analysis to explore the theoretical relationships amongst the constructs.

The results of the study suggest that there is a relationship between personal belief in a just world and religiosity, and that this relationship may mediate the optimistic orientation in the participant of the present study. There also appears to be a relationship between the personal belief in a just world and future aspirations of the participant in this study, suggesting that the role of just world beliefs in terms of the active pursuit and investment in future goals need to be further examined. Finally, the relationship between positive future aspirations and proactive coping was less clear, requiring further investigation to elucidate this relationship.

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Nxumalo, TP 2010, Proactive coping, just-world beliefs and future aspirations of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06102011-113125/ >


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