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Disclosing victimisation to healthcare professionals in Sweden: A constructivist grounded theory study of experiences among men exposed to interpersonal violence
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Linköping University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
2016 (English)In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 6, no 6, e010847Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To develop a theoretical model concerning male victims' processes of disclosing experiences of victimisation to healthcare professionals in Sweden.

Design: Qualitative interview study.

Setting: Informants were recruited from the general population and a primary healthcare centre in Sweden.

Participants: Informants were recruited by means of theoretical sampling among respondents in a previous quantitative study. Eligible for this study were men reporting sexual, physical and/or emotional violence victimisation by any perpetrator and reporting that they either had talked to a healthcare provider about their victimisation or had wanted to do so.

Method: Constructivist grounded theory. 12 interviews were performed and saturation was reached after 9.

Results: Several factors influencing the process of disclosing victimisation can be recognised from previous studies concerning female victims, including shame, fear of negative consequences of disclosing, specifics of the patient-provider relationship and time constraints within the healthcare system. However, this study extends previous knowledge by identifying strong negative effects of adherence to masculinity norms for victimised men and healthcare professionals on the process of disclosing. It is also emphasised that the process of disclosing cannot be separated from other, even seemingly unrelated, circumstances in the men's lives.

Conclusions: The process of disclosing victimisation to healthcare professionals was a complex process involving the men's experiences of victimisation, adherence to gender norms, their life circumstances and the dynamics of the actual healthcare encounter.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 6, no 6, e010847
Keyword [en]
Abuse, Gender, Help-seeking, Masculinity, Violence
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Social Work
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences; Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56126DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010847ISI: 000380237100066PubMedID: 27324711Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84976260668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56126DiVA: diva2:964741
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved

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