The duality of suffering and trust : abused women's experiences of general psychiatric care : an interview study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The duality of suffering and trust : abused women's experiences of general psychiatric care : an interview study
Author(s) Örmon, Karin ; Torstensson Levander, Marie ; Sunnqvist, Charlotta ; Bahtsevani, Christel
Date 2014
English abstract
Aims and objectives To elucidate how women subjected to physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse experience the care provided at a general psychiatric clinic after the disclosure of abuse. Background Violence against women is a major global public health issue, which has an impact on women's lives and mental health as well as generating frequent hospital admission. Design Qualitative design with an inductive approach. Methods Interviews with nine women who were recipients of general psychiatric care and had disclosed experiences of abuse to a member of staff were conducted. Qualitative inductive content analysis was used. Results The overall theme emerging from the narratives, ‘dependency as a reality containing a duality of suffering and trust,’ links the categories together. Each subcategory is presented in relation to the categories ‘being belittled,’ ‘being misinterpreted’ and ‘being cared for.’ Experiences of care as caring and noncaring were found in the narratives. Caring could include situations experienced as the women being acknowledged and listened to, situations where staff approached and supported the women in a sensitive way. Experiences of noncaring were when the abuse was disregarded, and when the women were not believed in, were left with burdens of guilt and were offended. A noncaring environment focused primarily on the diagnosis, and the experienced abuse was seen as secondary. Conclusions Abused women are subjected to psychiatric environments where staff are divided into groups of those who believed in and supported the abused women and those who regarded experiences of abuse as a secondary issue and focused on the mental disorder. Relevance to clinical practice This study provides knowledge of how abused women experience the care provided at a general psychiatric clinic after the disclosure of abuse.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12512 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Clinical Nursing;15-16
Volume 23
ISSN 1365-2702
Pages 2303–2312
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) abused women
disclosure of abuse
experiences
general psychiatric care
inductive content analysis
interview
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16755 (link to this page)

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