Dr. Dafna Tener

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Research Interests:

Interfamilial child sexual abuse; statutory victimization; online sexual abuse; adult disclosure of childhood sexual abuse; the work of medical clowns with sexually abused children; child maltreatment

Research projects:

Between me and them: forgiving incest?! Qualitative study on women who experienced incest in childhood.

The use of medical clowns as a buffer for psychological distress during anogenital examination of sexually abused children – A preliminary study

A Qualitative Study of Youth Experiences with Statutory Victimization Relationships.

Offenders Who Use Online Communications to Commit Sex Crimes against Minors.

Experiences at the mother units (center for the treatment of at -risk mothers and children) : Perceptions of mothers and professionals.

Child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel: reviewing data on abuse characteristics, type of symptoms presented, and treatment outcomes 

 

Abstracts of Current Research:

Experiences at the mother unit:

The Mothers’ Unit is a rehabilitation and treatment program for mothers at risk and their young children, which includes joint residence of mothers and children in the Unit. The program was created to provide an alternative to removing the children from home because of abuse or neglect. The qualitative study aims to construct a grounded theoretical model for conceptualizing and reflecting the points of view of both mothers involved in the program and professionals working with them in the Unit. The study will include semi-structured qualitative interviews (n=32). Participants are interviewed in four content areas: (1) the narrative of arriving at the mothers’ unit; (2) the meaning and construction of their stay in the unit; (3) perceived short- and long-term consequences of their stay in the unit, including advantages and disadvantages; (4) the effect of the program on the women’s perceptions of parenting and their relationships with their children. The data is analyzed with the aim of creating a grounded theoretical model describing and explaining the essence of experiences at the Mothers Unit. The study aims to enrich the limited body of research on working with mothers at risk and their children out of their homes, and to enhance professionals’ understanding of their experiences to encourage suitable treatmentt.

Child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel:

Treatment centers for children victims of sexual abuse in Israel began operating in 2007 as a joint project of the  Rashi Foundation, the National Insurance Institute of Israel and the Ministry of Social Affairs and social services, aimed to provide free of charge services to victims and their parents. The current study is based on computerized reporting by therapists working in the center with the aim of analyzing  the characteristic of the sexual abuse experienced by the children , symptoms presented, therapy goals and treatment outcomes as perceived by therapists.

 

Publication list                                     

  1. PhD Dissertation

            Tener, D. Between me and them: Forgiving incest?! March, 2010, 277 pages,                                Hebrew, University of Haifa, supervised by Zvi Eisikovits &  Rachel Lev Wiesel

  1. Book Chapters

Tener, D., & Eisikovits, Z. (In preparation). Between me and them: Forgiving incest?! In A Weizman-Zrihan & Z Eisikovits (Eds.), Forgiveness consider and re-consider: Study in interpersonal transgress.

  1. Articles in Refereed Journals

   Published

Tener, D., Lev-Wiesel, R., Lang-Franco, N., & Ofir, S. (2010). Laughing through this pain: Medical clowning during examination of sexually abused children: An innovative approach. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(2), 128-140.

Tener, D., Lev-Wiesel, R., Lang-Franco, N., & Ofir, S. (2012). The use of  medical clowns as a buffer for psychological distress during anogenital examination of sexually abused children. Journal of loss & Trauma17(1), 12-22.

Tener, D., & Murphy, S. B. (2014). Adult Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse A Literature Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838014537906.

Tener, D., Walsh, W., Jones, L. & Kelly Kinnish (In publication). “It all Depends on the Guy and the Girl":  A Qualitative Study of Youth Experiences with Statutory Victimization Relationships. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. Estimated Publication date - 05 Nov 2014 (Online) 

 Tener, D., Wolak, J., & Finkelhor, D. (in publication). A typology of Offenders Who Use Online Communications to Commit Sex Crimes against Minors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.           

Submitted Publications

Tener, D., & Eisikovits, Z. (submitted for publication). Torn: Forgiveness amid social expectations among women who have experienced incest.

Papers in preparation

Eisikovits, Z, Tener, D., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). "He is always   there": Women who have experienced incest and their relationship with the abuser in adulthood.

Tener, D, Ofir, S, Lang-Franco, N., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). Seriously clowning: Medical clowning intervention during invasive examinations in children in hospital

Ofir, S, Tener, D, Lang-Franco, N., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). The therapy beneath the fun: Medical clowning intervention during invasive procedures in children in hospital

Tener, D.,& Eisikovits, Z. (in preparation). Protecting the incest secret: Guardians and techniques.

Tener, D. (in preparation). Experiences in the Mothers Unit: Perceptions of mothers and professionals. 

Tener, D. (in preparation). Reviewing results in child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel: The relationship between abuse characteristics type of symptoms presented, and treatment outcomes.