Private Parts: A Heuristic Inquiry Into the Relational-Cultural Experience of Chronic Pelvic Pain

dc.contributor.advisorRobertson, Derek
dc.contributor.authorHudson, Brittany Christyne
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDuffey, Thelma
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHarrichand, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHerlihy, Barbara
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSpeedlin Gonzalez, Stacy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTrepal, Heather
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4286-1939
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-05T15:52:17Z
dc.date.available2024-02-05T15:52:17Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.descriptionThe author has granted permission for their work to be available to the general public.
dc.description.abstractChronic pelvic pain is a complex condition that impacts up to one in five women in the United States. Despite its prevalence, chronic pelvic pain has been marginalized throughout history. Women with chronic pelvic pain often feel disempowered in their relationships. The associated mental health outcomes are pertinent to counselors. However, counselors have few scholarly resources on chronic pelvic pain to reference. There remains a need for theoretically informed counseling research on the experiences and needs of women with chronic pelvic pain. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and depict the relational-cultural experience of chronic pelvic pain. The integrated theoretical framework included feminist disability studies and relational-cultural theory. I utilized heuristic inquiry to collect and analyze data from eight women with chronic pelvic pain. I identified four interrelated themes, as represented by the infinity symbol: feeling isolated and misunderstood ∞ seeking understanding and care ∞ negotiating sexual relationships ∞ finding and creating community. This study points to the difficulty of and need for relationships. The findings suggest that the sexualization of chronic pelvic pain is a force of disconnection. In this dissertation, I discuss the findings and their implications for counseling, counselor education and supervision, and future research.
dc.description.departmentCounseling
dc.format.extent165 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9798380126038
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2821
dc.languageen
dc.subjectchronic pelvic pain
dc.subjectcounseling
dc.subjectfeminist
dc.subjectheuristic inquiry
dc.subjectqualitative
dc.subjectrelational-cultural theory
dc.subjectcounselor education
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subject.classificationCounseling psychology
dc.subject.classificationPsychology
dc.subject.classificationDisability studies
dc.subject.classificationSexuality
dc.titlePrivate Parts: A Heuristic Inquiry Into the Relational-Cultural Experience of Chronic Pelvic Pain
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentCounseling
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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