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The body a “double-edged sword”?: A qualitative study on Swedish female prisoners’ relationship toward their bodies.
Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
2009 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 160-176Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our aim was to explore female prisoners' relationship toward their bodies by means of qualitative interviews. We interviewed 14 female prisoners aged 22-53 years. Four were convicted for violent crimes, seven for drug crimes, and three for more than one crime. All of them had been addicted to drugs and the most frequently used drug was amphetamine. To analyse the participants' relationship toward their bodies we used a thematic analysis. The main result encompasses three phenomena: worries about weight, negative emotions toward the body, and negative thoughts about the body. Analyses revealed that the female prisoners' relationship toward their bodies is a changeable process. Our analyses also showed that experience of physical and sexual abuse was a very important factor for understanding these women's relationship toward their bodies.

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2009. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 160-176
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32045DOI: 10.1080/14043850903320461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32045DiVA, id: diva2:697419
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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