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The process of resolving physical and sexual violence and relational family therapy

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Code Science Field Subfield
5.09.00  Social sciences  Psychology   

Code Science Field
H002  Humanities  Theology 

Code Science Field
5.01  Social Sciences  Psychology and cognitive sciences 
Keywords
physical violence, sexual violence, relation family therapy, process and resolving in psychotherapy
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  26182  PhD Igor Bahovec  Sociology  Researcher  2020  254 
2.  26123  PhD Robert Cvetek  Theology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  161 
3.  18052  PhD Christian Gostečnik  Psychology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  1,187 
4.  36601  PhD Sara Jerebic  Psychology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  523 
5.  34472  PhD Tanja Pate  Psychology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  94 
6.  32758  PhD Saša Poljak Lukek  Psychology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  111 
7.  28518  PhD Tanja Repič Slavič  Psychology  Head  2018 - 2021  200 
8.  36724  PhD Nataša Rijavec Klobučar  Theology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  126 
9.  37758  PhD Andrej Saje  Theology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  270 
10.  25440  PhD Barbara Simonič  Theology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  439 
11.  50839  PhD Tanja Valenta  Psychology  Researcher  2018 - 2020  52 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0170  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology  Ljubljana  1627112  12,058 
2.  2333  Franciscan Family Institute  Ljubljana  5931983  177 
Abstract
The research project The Process of Solving Physical and Sexual Violence and Relational Family Therapy (RFT) focuses on therapeutic work with the most difficult traumas such as those caused by physical and sexual violence. Both types of traumatic experiences affect victims in several aspects, especially on the physical and psychological level, manifesting as post-traumatic stress disorder, inappropriate regulation of the affects, depression, anxiety disorders, various types of addiction, destructiveness towards themselves and others, aggression, eating disorders , distorted self-image, brain damage, especially of hippocampus, etc. Clinical experience, in addition to the above, confirms that unresolved physical or sexual violence can be transmitted from generation to generation, not only in the sense that those who have experienced violence as children exercise violence as adults, but also in the sense that they are more prone to revictimization - that someone who as a child was a victim of violence or lived in a violent environment unconsciously attracts violence even when they grow up. It is not necessary that all patterns be repeated in full; sometimes just the dynamics and the atmosphere can be transmitted - a lot of shame, guilt, contempt, fear and anger that people experience in their everyday lives and relationships. Relational Family Therapy ranks among modern psychotherapeutic approaches. On the basis of theoretical guidelines and numerous studies, it proves the effectiveness of processing and resolving psychobiological issues in various problems, traumas and abuses. To this end, the research project will focus on three areas: the transgenerational transmission of the trauma of violence, the effectiveness and effectiveness of RFT, and the exploration of key interventions and changes in the RFT process in the treatment of physical and sexual violence. The results will be obtained by means of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative data will be obtained through verified and reliable questionnaires that will measure individual dimensions such as: the presence of past abuse, individual problems and strengths, aggression, the ability of self-control and the functionality of emotional processing. Participants in quantitative work will be clients in therapy who will fill in the questionnaires at the beginning and end of the therapeutic process. Also, the questionnaires will be filled (only once) by randomly selected participants of the general population who, according to the experience of violence, will be divided into a clinical and control group. The qualitative part will include research into the characteristics of the therapeutic process. Audio recording of therapies, notes of surveys, and interviews of participants will be included in this part. The main objectives of the research project are primarily to explore the psychological mechanisms from the point of view of RFT, which help to understand, identify, and also transform the deepest dynamics of violence, which can consequently reduce the experience of traumatic consequences. We expect that the results will show the necessity and effectiveness of the in-depth processing of physical and sexual violence in the therapeutic process. We also expect that individual problems and physical and verbal aggression will decrease, the victims will be mentally stronger, more able to set healthy boundaries, having more self-control, better self-image and improved mental and physical condition in general. Empowerment and improvement of mental well-being will contribute to a better quality of life in all areas. The therapeutic mechanisms used will contribute to interrupting the transfer of trauma to next generations. The project will take three years and the results will be presented in the form of comprehensive, transparent scientific articles or conference papers at home and abroad. A scientific proceedings will also be published, where members of the research grou
Significance for science
We expect that the results of the research project, which will be obtained through quantitative and qualitative research methods, will be a scientific contribution in the field of RFT model,at the same time, the results will give a new insight into the problem of physical and sexual violence and contribute to the development of therapeutic (and also other) work in the field of physical and sexual violence. So far in Slovenia, there has not yet been such a complex RFT research involving both mechanisms of transgenerational transmission of violence, dynamics and relationships, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the therapy itself, including interventions that have been linked to key changes.The results will certainly contribute to the development of in-depth professional therapeutic approaches in dealing with violence, as well as through the implementation of findings in the wider social space, contributing to raising the awareness of the consequences of violence and preventing violence
Significance for the country
We expect that the results of the research project, which will be obtained through quantitative and qualitative research methods, will be a scientific contribution in the field of RFT model,at the same time, the results will give a new insight into the problem of physical and sexual violence and contribute to the development of therapeutic (and also other) work in the field of physical and sexual violence. So far in Slovenia, there has not yet been such a complex RFT research involving both mechanisms of transgenerational transmission of violence, dynamics and relationships, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the therapy itself, including interventions that have been linked to key changes.The results will certainly contribute to the development of in-depth professional therapeutic approaches in dealing with violence, as well as through the implementation of findings in the wider social space, contributing to raising the awareness of the consequences of violence and preventing violence
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