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Embodiment of spirituality and sexuality : women’s lived experience of resilience to sexual shame
Kelsey Dawn Schmidt Siemens (author)Janelle Kwee (thesis supervisor)Derrick Klaassen (second reader)Stephanie Martin (external examiner)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
Due to the prevalence of sexual shame among Christian women, this study was designed to better understand the lived experiences of sexual shame resilience and embodiment. Five young, married women were selected for inclusion based on their immersion in Christian culture during adolescence and for their experiences of working through sexual shame. In order to understand the meaning of these women’s experiences, a hermeneutic phenomenological method was employed. Through participant’s narratives, four categories of themes emerged (religious messaging around sexuality, experiences of sexual shame, healing experiences, and experiences of embodied sexuality). When participants were able to work through their sexual shame, they were able to embrace and find freedom in their sexuality. This study’s findings are consistent with Brown’s (2006) Shame Resilience Theory. The clinical implications of these findings are discussed in terms of the need to provide appropriate support for women struggling with sexual shame.
Spiritual Coping.Women – Sexual behavior.Shame.Resilience (Personality trait).