School Counselors’ Attitudes Regarding Counseling Interventions Conducted Prior to Reporting Sexual Abuse

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Mutlu Ş., Kaya Z.

International Online Journal of Educational Sciences (IOJES), vol.12, no.3, pp.164-176, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


This study seeks to identify psychological counselors’ attitudes regarding other point used when dealing with cases of sexual abuse and to reveal related prominent themes. The study group was composed of 22 psychological counselors employed in different school levels throughout the township of Erciş located in province of Van, Turkey and who have dealt with at least one instance of sexual abuse during their career. Following a mixed-method design, this study used the Q method to collect data. While quantitative data were analyzed using the PQ Method, qualitative data were analyzed using Thematic Analysis. Examination of the study’s findings reveals that although psychological counselors exhibited two different attitudes regarding the interventions they used when dealing with cases of sexual abuse, these two attitudes were not independent of each other. According to the findings the most prevalent interventions used by psychological counselors were to emphasize that the child’s body was valuable, to iterate the child’s innocence, and to remain flexible during the process whereas the most undesired interventions were to force the child to speak and to end the dialogue. It was found upon further examination of the counselors’ statements regarding the issue that the two themes most referred to by counselors were directing the process in an appropriate manner and notification.