This article reports on case study research with four mothers who asked for help from their pastors when they learned, or had reason to believe, that their husbands had sexually abused children in their families. In their own words, mothers gave accounts of how the pastors responded. Some were helpful and knowledgeable, some appeared bewildered, and others were hostile and blaming toward the women. This article will sensitize pastors and other pastoral counselors to issues that child sexual abuse raises. In addition, the research responds to Mahoney’s (J Marriage Fam 72:805–827, 2010) observations about the scarcity of knowledge on whether religion helps or harms families during times of stress.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Religion and Health|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2016|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.
- Case study research
- Child sexual abuse
- Narrative research
- Pastoral counseling
- Qualitative research
- Religion and family life
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Evaluation Study