Abused women's vulnerability in daily life and in contact with psychiatric care : in the light of a caring science perspective

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Abused women's vulnerability in daily life and in contact with psychiatric care : in the light of a caring science perspective
Author(s) Örmon, Karin ; Hörberg, Ulrica
Date 2016
English abstract
Aims and objectives The aim of the study is to deepen the understanding of abused women's vulnerability in relation to how the abuse and encounters with health care professionals affect life. A further aim is to highlight abused women's vulnerability with a caring science perspective. Background Experience of abuse has consequences for the mental health of women and girls. Abused women may experience health care as unsupportive, and as a result, often chose not to disclose their experiences of abuse. Design and methods The results of two qualitative empirical studies were analysed along with a phenomenological meaning analysis in accordance with the methodological principles of Reflective Lifeworld Research. Findings Living one's life with experiences of abuse implies vulnerability, which can prevent abused women from achieving good health. This vulnerability results from insecurity regarding identity, along with the sense that one could have been a different individual if it were not for the abuse and thereby have a more fair chance in life. Being cared for within general psychiatric care could further increase this vulnerability. The healthcare professional's ability to care for the women who have experienced abuse leads to either an encounter of trust or else further suffering for the women. Conclusion A lifeworld-oriented caring science perspective as a foundation for care can contribute to care for abused women which reaches the existential dimensions of their vulnerability and vulnerable life situation. Relevance to clinical practice It is evident that healthcare professionals should deepen their understanding of how abused women live, within a general psychiatric context. This study enables a deeper understanding of abused women's vulnerability in relation to how the abuse and encounters with healthcare professionals affect life.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13306 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Clinical nursing;
ISSN 1365-2702
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) abused women
caring science
general psychiatric care
mental health
Reflective Lifeworld Research
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21156 (link to this page)

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