Alba Rocio Andrade, Psy.D., is a 2019 graduate of the Psy Program in Clinical Psycholog at Antioch University, Santa Barbara

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Daniel Schwartz, Ph.D. Committee Chair

Brett Kia-Keating, Ed.D. Committee Member

Darice Orobitg, Ph.D. External Expert


Child Sexual Abuse, Non-Offending Parents, Latino Families, Coping Mechanisms, Coping, Qualitative, Phenomenological, Internalized Coping Mechanisms, Avoidance, Externalized Coping Mechanisms

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Childhood sexual abuse is widely condemned by society and religion (Roesler & Wind, 1994; McCallum, 2001). Nevertheless, it is estimated that approximately one in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18 years old (Stauffer and Deblinger, 1996). This trauma affects the victim as well as other members of the family including the non-offending parent(s). However, services are often provided only to the victimized child, which overlooks the needs of the non-offending parents. The existing body of research into the stressors experienced by non-offending parents typically is focused on non-offending parents of all cultural backgrounds, this despite that fact that much psychological research has determined the need to apply culturally sensitive techniques when working with minorities as a result of differences in values, beliefs, and language barriers (Alaggia, 2001; Antshel, 2002). Thus, it is important to understand if Latino/a non-offending parents whose children have experienced sexual abuse are receiving adequate support themselves and so they can adequately attend to the needs of their child and family. Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, this study aims to examine the challenges faced and coping mechanisms used by Latino/a non-offending parents and to assess the effectiveness of the services they are provided. This Dissertation is available in Open Access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLink ETD Center,


ORCID: 0000-0003-1464-7940