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Abused women’s vulnerability in daily life and in contact with psychiatric care: in the light of a caring science perspective
Malmö University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8115-5359
2017 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 26, no 15-16, 2384-2391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 26, no 15-16, 2384-2391 p.
Keyword [en]
Abused women, Caring science, General psychiatric care, Mmental health, Reflective Lifeworld Research
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54374DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13306ISI: 000405562600024PubMedID: 27349375OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-54374DiVA: diva2:944209
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2017-08-24Bibliographically approved

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