Social Perspectives in Mental Health: Developing Social Models to Understand and Work with Mental Distress

By Jerry Tew | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 6
The Social/Trauma Model
Mapping the Mental Health Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse
and Similar Experiences
Sally Plumb
The social/trauma model
This model is a perspective on the connections between experiences of abuse, trauma and oppression and adult emotional, cognitive and mental distress. These dynamics are summarised in a diagram and are then established and described. There follows a discussion of implications of the model for service users and helping services.Although the diagram and text are designed specifically with reference to childhood experiences of sexual abuse they are generally applicable to a range of experiences and life events. These include adult sexual assault, abuse, rape, other forms of childhood abuse or neglect, disrupted childhood (e.g. being in care), trauma, bullying, domestic violence, sexual harassment and other experiences of being victimised. It may also apply to the experience of being oppressed on grounds of race, culture, religion, gender, age, ability and/or sexual orientation. All these experiences share certain features – that the person:
is being treated in a way that is careless of, or deliberately harmful to, their well-being
is being treated according to someone else's agenda

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