Vulnerable and without protection : Lifetime experiences of abuse and its influence on mental ill health

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Vulnerable and without protection : Lifetime experiences of abuse and its influence on mental ill health

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dc.contributor.author Örmon, Karin sv
dc.contributor.author Torstensson Levander, Marie en_US
dc.contributor.author Sunnqvist, Charlotta en_US
dc.contributor.author Bahtsevani, Christel en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-13T16:03:33Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-13T16:03:33Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2162-5336 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16882
dc.description.abstract Violence against women is a major global public health issue, and experiencing violence has substantial consequences for the lives of abused women. This study aims to illustrate experiences of abuse and its influence on mental ill health among women seeking general psychiatric care. Ten women seeking general psychiatric care in southern Sweden participated in a qualitative interview study. Content analysis resulted in four categories: Living in fear that persistently influences the substance of life, living with the sense of being worthless, living with a constant question about who you are and living between hope and despair. The theme evolving from the analysis was: Being vulnerable and without protection in a frightful reality that limits one’s possibilities of living and being the person one wishes to be. The results showed that the women described their mental ill health not only in terms of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation and self-harm, but also in relation to feelings of hope and despair, fear, worthlessness and living with a constant question about who they are. The abuse reduces freedom of action, and leads to feelings of insecurity, of not having any boundaries, isolation, and self-contempt and a need to escape. This study provides knowledge of abused women self-reported mental ill health in relation to abuse. en_US
dc.format.extent 8
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Scientific Research Publishing en_US
dc.subject Content Analysis en_US
dc.subject General Psychiatric Care en_US
dc.subject Mental Ill Health en_US
dc.subject Violence against Women en_US
dc.subject.classification Medicine en_US
dc.title Vulnerable and without protection : Lifetime experiences of abuse and its influence on mental ill health en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Criminology (KR) en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Care Science (VV) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.4236/ojn.2014.41006 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Open Journal of Nursing;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 4 en_US
dc.format.ePage 41
dc.format.sPage 34
mahlocal.rights.oaType bronze
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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