Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Vincent, Claude L.,


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




This exploratory study examines the recovery process from sexual assault for a married woman using the combined theories of the Chicago School of Symbolic Interactionism and liberal feminism. The results of this study are based on the experiences of five married couples. The specific focus of this research study is: To what extent do the husband's reactions to his wife being sexually assaulted, help or hinder her recovery from the assault? As such, the primary goals within this examination are: First, to discover what the marriage relationship was like prior to the sexual assault; second, to articulate both the husband's and the wife's verbal and behavioral reactions to the sexual assault (specifically, a stranger sexual assault) and to each other; and third, to discover how, if at all, the husband's reactions affect his partner's recovery from the assault. These goals are attained through guided, open-ended interviews with participants in the absence of their spouses. It is hoped that this study will not only provide the basis for further Canadian research in this area, but will help promote a more humanistic response towards indirect victims and a more holistic approach towards direct victims of sexual assault. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-02, page: 0503. Adviser: Claude L. Vincent. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.