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Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment. / Pulverman, Carey S.; Boyd, Ryan L.; Stanton, Amelia M.; Meston, Cindy M.

In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 9, No. 2, 01.03.2017, p. 181-188.

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Pulverman, CS, Boyd, RL, Stanton, AM & Meston, CM 2017, 'Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment.', Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000163

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Pulverman, C. S., Boyd, R. L., Stanton, A. M., & Meston, C. M. (2017). Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(2), 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000163

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Pulverman CS, Boyd RL, Stanton AM, Meston CM. Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2017 Mar 1;9(2):181-188. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000163

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Pulverman, Carey S. ; Boyd, Ryan L. ; Stanton, Amelia M. ; Meston, Cindy M. / Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment. In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 181-188.

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title = "Changes in the sexual self-schema of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse following expressive writing treatment.",
abstract = "Objective: Sexual self-schemas are cognitive generalizations about the sexual self that influence the processing of sexually pertinent information and guide sexual behavior. Until recently sexual self-schemas were exclusively assessed with self-report instruments. Recent research using the meaning extraction method, an inductive method of topic modeling, identified 7 unique themes of sexual self-schemas: family and development, virginity, abuse, relationship, sexual activity, attraction, and existentialism from essays of 239 women (Stanton, Boyd, Pulverman, & Meston, 2015). In the current study, these themes were used to examine changes in theme prominence after an expressive writing treatment. Method: Women (n = 138) with a history of childhood sexual abuse completed a 5-session expressive writing treatment, and essays on sexual self-schemas written at pretreatment and posttreatment were examined for changes in themes. Results: Women showed a reduction in the prominence of the abuse, family and development, virginity, and attraction themes, and an increase in the existentialism theme. Conclusions: This study supports the validity of the 7 themes identified by Stanton and colleagues (2015) and suggests that expressive writing may aid women with a history of sexual abuse to process their abuse history such that it becomes a less salient aspect of their sexual self-schemas.",
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