PRÄVIK engl.

PREVENTION OF RE-VICTIMISATION OF SEXUALLY ABUSED YOUNG GIRLS IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE

THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE BMBF-PROGRAM „FUNDING OF RESEARCH IN RELATION TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN UND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PEDAGOGICAL CONTEXTS "


Subproject A: (sexual) interpretation and communication of adolescent girls affected by sexual violence (analysis of qualitative-recontructive interviews) and needs of skilled staff (FIVE)

Subproject B: sexual scripts and risk behavior, research tools and statistical analysis (DJI)

The research project tackles prevention of sexual re-victimization of adolescent girls in out-of-home care. Even after placement due to sexual abuse this group is at high risk of experiencing further incidents of sexual violence and assault. Studying a larger number of sexually abused female young people will lead to a better understanding of processes of risk and protection. Moreover a concept for prevention-workshops on sexual education including prior training for staff and foster parents will be developed and tested with interested girls from the sample and their care persons. Studying and developing communicative competencies that help young people to speak about violence and sexuality and by this get a deeper understanding of re-victimization risks are the primary focus of this project.

The quantitative subproject is carried out by the German Youth Institute: project management Dr. Karin Jurczyk, project realization: Dr. Heinz Kindler, Dr. Inken Tremel

Standardized research methods are used to gather data on following aspects: experiences of abuse and threat, trauma-symptoms, general adaptability, sexual scripts and risk behavior, emotional security in first romantic relationships (semi-structured interviews aiming at attachment strategies), Re-victimisation, Resilience.

The qualitative subproject is carried out by Women‘s Research Institute for Social Sciences at the Research- and Innovation-Group at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg – (FIVE): project management Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich, senior researcher Prof. Dr Barbara Kavemann.

Semi-narrative interviews with adolescent girls (N=70). Analysis: reconstruction of coping strategies, perception of sexual risks and agency, Reconstruction of the processes of re-interpreting the experience and integration of the violent events, development and implementation of a prevention-workshop for sexual education: dealing with sexual scripts and enhancing the capacity of self-protection competencies, assessing the effects of the workshop within a shortterm longitudinal study on the further development of the participants.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Barbara Kavemann: barbara.kavemann[at]eh-freiburg.de
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich: helfferich[at]eh-freiburg.de
Dr. Inken Tremel: tremel[at]dji.de, Dr. Heinz Kindler: kindler[at]dji.de