The life course of women who have experienced abuse : a life chart study in general psychiatric care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The life course of women who have experienced abuse : a life chart study in general psychiatric care
Author(s) Örmon, Karin ; Torstensson Levander, Marie ; Bahtsevani, Christel ; Sunnqvist, Charlotta
Date 2014
English abstract
Violence against women is a worldwide problem and has an impact on the lives of women and girls. The study aims to investigate the life course of women within psychiatric care who have experienced abuse. The women’s resources, stressful events, experience of abuse, perpetrators, mental ill health, and care and support throughout the life course are also highlighted. Eleven women who had all sought general psychiatric care in an urban area in Sweden participated. A computer software program was used for constructing life charts for each participant, and manifest content analysis was used to analyse the data. The women’s social status and resources differed, and some of them spoke of only experiencing few stressful events growing up, while others described a stressful childhood. All of the women had been abused sometime during their life course, and most of the perpetrators were known to the women. Even so, the women had seldom disclosed their childhood abuse. As adults, the women were diagnosed with psychiatric diagnoses, and suicidal behaviour increased. The life chart offers rich information and a broader picture of the life history of women who experienced abuse as well as constituting a tool useful for identifying women with experiences of abuse.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12177 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing;
ISSN 1365-2850
Pages e-pub ahead of print
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) child abuse
Domestic violence
Intimate Partner violence
Time Geography
Life chart
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17913 (link to this page)

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