The Importance of Spirituality for African-American Women who Live with Intimate Partner Violence

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149441
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Presentation
Title:
The Importance of Spirituality for African-American Women who Live with Intimate Partner Violence
Abstract:
The Importance of Spirituality for African-American Women who Live with Intimate Partner Violence
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Hindin, Patricia Kathryne, PhD, CNM
P.I. Institution Name:University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Title:Instructor
[Scientific Session Presentation] The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to illustrate the kinds of protection and support African American women might receive from family, friends and the community during episodes of intimate partner violence and to portray the phenomenon in the context of the women?s own stories. The study utilized a qualitative descriptive design as the methodology in conjunction with storytelling and analysis based in the African American oral tradition (Banks-Wallace, 2002). A purposive sample (N = 9) of African American women who self-identified as survivors of intimate partner violence participated in 13 storytelling sessions. Eleven themes were generated from the women?s stories which exemplify how protection and support may or may not be provided from family, friends and the community. The themes were identified as: fighting back, the psyche, the importance of spirituality, multigenerational abuse, the secret and the rule, family non-protection and non- support,  family protection and support, the cake got bad ingredients and critical encounters. The characteristics and the extent of protection and support the women received were inconsistent and in many cases nonexistent. The most significant knowledge learned from the study is that the spirituality of African American women is their greatest protection and support in the management of the stressors associated with intimate partner violence. The strong theme of spirituality in this study has extended the knowledge of the concept by providing rich descriptions of the activities that women engaged in and their perceptions of how these activities mediated intimate partner violence. All of the participants discussed the important role of spirituality in their lives and the positive influence these practices had on their ability to live through and help end abusive relationships. However in spite of their spirituality practices they still reported persistent mental health problems with depression, anxiety, anger and suicide ideation. African American women who have experienced intimate partner violence may benefit from spirituality based mental health interventions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Importance of Spirituality for African-American Women who Live with Intimate Partner Violenceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149441-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Importance of Spirituality for African-American Women who Live with Intimate Partner Violence</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hindin, Patricia Kathryne, PhD, CNM</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Medicine &amp; Dentistry of New Jersey</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Instructor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hindinpk@umdnj.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific Session Presentation] The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to illustrate the kinds of protection and support African American women might receive from family, friends and the community during episodes of intimate partner violence and to portray the phenomenon in the context of the women?s own stories. The study utilized a qualitative descriptive design as the methodology in conjunction with storytelling and analysis based in the African American oral tradition (Banks-Wallace, 2002). A purposive sample (N = 9) of African American women who self-identified as survivors of intimate partner violence participated in 13 storytelling sessions. Eleven themes were generated from the women?s stories which exemplify how protection and support may or may not be provided from family, friends and the community. The themes were identified as: fighting back, the psyche, the importance of spirituality, multigenerational abuse, the secret and the rule, family non-protection and non- support, &nbsp;family protection and support, the cake got bad ingredients and critical encounters. The characteristics and the extent of protection and support the women received were inconsistent and in many cases nonexistent. The most significant knowledge learned from the study is that the spirituality of African American women is their greatest protection and support in the management of the stressors associated with intimate partner violence. The strong theme of spirituality in this study has extended the knowledge of the concept by providing rich descriptions of the activities that women engaged in and their perceptions of how these activities mediated intimate partner violence. All of the participants discussed the important role of spirituality in their lives and the positive influence these practices had on their ability to live through and help end abusive relationships. However in spite of their spirituality practices they still reported persistent mental health problems with depression, anxiety, anger and suicide ideation. African American women who have experienced intimate partner violence may benefit from spirituality based mental health interventions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:02:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:02:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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