Conference Auckland 2009

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This slide show is the summary of my research project "How do Services Shape the Recovery from Sexual Abuse". It shows the process of recovery and indicates experiences survivors of sexual abuse need to achieve recovery.

Text of Conference Auckland 2009

  • 1. Balancing Recognition And Disrespect:Recovery as the Process of Identity Formation

2. Aim of Research

  • To uncover
    • What works
    • What doesnt work
    • How does it leave clients

3. My Motivation

  • Observing clients devastated by interactions with services

4. Recognition Theory

  • Axel Honneth
  • Germany, 1949 -
  • Successor of Habermas
  • at the Institut fuer Sozialforschung, Frankfurt

5. Recognition Theory

  • Recognition = Give Value to
  • Disrespect = Contempt

6. Recognition Theory

  • Describes processes through which a sense of self and identity is derived
  • We learn about who we are through interactions with others

7. Recognition Theory

  • Human integrity is closely linked with patterns of approval and recognition

8. Forms of Recognition

  • Love > Self-Confidence
  • Rights > Self-Respect
  • Solidarity > Self-Esteem

9. Recovery Is ...

    • Having a positive view of Self
    • Being able to deal with life
    • Not being rule by the past
    • Being able to have relationships


    • Understanding
    • Giving time
    • Showing interest
    • Appreciating efforts made
    • Accepting
    • Respecting
    • Valuing
    • Caring

Most Helpful Is ... 11. Cycle of Recognition

12. Cycle of Disrespect

13. Balancing

14. Questions

  • How do you address power inequalities concerning survivors of interpersonal trauma?
  • Do you see Recognition Theory as a useful tool to identify power inequalities in your day to day practice?
  • How is it possible to address power inequalities within the health care system we currently have?

15. Thank You!