Fatherhood following experiences of child sexual abuse
Research shows that child sexual abuse can have long-term impact on adults’ health, well-being and social relationships. Memories of child sexual abuse can arise and be reinforced in adulthood in relation to parenthood. Research is available on how child sexual abuse affects women’s parenting. However, there is a lack of studies examining how male child sexual abuse impacts fatherhood.
The overall purpose of the research project is to increase our knowledge about men’s experiences of child sexual abuse and the effects of such experiences on parenting. We examine how men with experiences of child sexual abuse perceived the idea of becoming a parent before they decide to have children. We also examine how men describe, understand, and manage their parenting, including what support and help efforts they are or have been in need of in relation to parenting.