Help Seeking for Alcohol Dependence by Women with PTSD and a History of Intimate Partner Violence

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156047
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Presentation
Title:
Help Seeking for Alcohol Dependence by Women with PTSD and a History of Intimate Partner Violence
Abstract:
Help Seeking for Alcohol Dependence by Women with PTSD and a History of Intimate Partner Violence
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Mulvihill, Deanna L., RN, BScNEd, MSc, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Western Ontario
Title:PhD candidate
Co-Authors:Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, RN, PhD; Helene Berman, RN, PhD; Rick Csiernik, MSW, PhD, RSW; Cheryl Forchuk, RN, PhD
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) are at greater risk for physical and mental health problems including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependency. On their own IPV, PTSD and alcohol dependency result in significant personal, social and economic cost and the impact of all three may compound these costs. Researchers have reported that women with these experiences are more difficult to treat, many do not access treatment and, those who do, frequently do not stay because of difficulty maintaining helping relationships. However, these women's perspectives have not previously been studied. The purpose of this study is to describe the experience of seeking help for alcohol dependence by women with PTSD and a history of IPV in the context in which it occurs. Methods:  An intersubjective ethnographic study using hermeneutic dialogue was utilized during participant observation, in-depth interviews and focus groups. An ecological framework was utilized to focus on the interaction between the counselors and the staff to understand this relationships and the context in which it occurs N/A . Results: The women in this study were very active help seekers. They encountered many gaps in continuity of care including discharge because of relapse. Although the treatment center was a warm, healing and spiritual place the women left the center without treatment for their trauma needs and many without any referral to address these outstanding issues. Conclusion: Women with alcohol dependence and PTSD with a history of IPV want help however the providers in the health and social services do not always recognize their calls for help or their symptoms of distress. Recommendations are made for the treatment centers become trauma-informed. Nurses can play a key role in the education of the treatment team and in a case management system to address continuity of care.
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.titleHelp Seeking for Alcohol Dependence by Women with PTSD and a History of Intimate Partner Violenceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156047-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Help Seeking for Alcohol Dependence by Women with PTSD and a History of 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">Mulvihill, Deanna L., RN, BScNEd, MSc, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Western Ontario</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">PhD candidate</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dmulvih@uwo.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, RN, PhD; Helene Berman, RN, PhD; Rick Csiernik, MSW, PhD, RSW; Cheryl Forchuk, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) are at greater risk for physical and mental health problems including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependency. On their own IPV, PTSD and alcohol dependency result in significant personal, social and economic cost and the impact of all three may compound these costs. Researchers have reported that women with these experiences are more difficult to treat, many do not access treatment and, those who do, frequently do not stay because of difficulty maintaining helping relationships. However, these women's perspectives have not previously been studied. The purpose of this study is to describe the experience of seeking help for alcohol dependence by women with PTSD and a history of IPV in the context in which it occurs. Methods: &nbsp;An intersubjective ethnographic study using hermeneutic dialogue was utilized during participant observation, in-depth interviews and focus groups. An ecological framework was utilized to focus on the interaction between the counselors and the staff to understand this relationships and the context in which it occurs N/A . Results: The women in this study were very active help seekers. They encountered many gaps in continuity of care including discharge because of relapse. Although the treatment center was a warm, healing and spiritual place the women left the center without treatment for their trauma needs and many without any referral to address these outstanding issues. Conclusion: Women with alcohol dependence and PTSD with a history of IPV want help however the providers in the health and social services do not always recognize their calls for help or their symptoms of distress. Recommendations are made for the treatment centers become trauma-informed. Nurses can play a key role in the education of the treatment team and in a case management system to address continuity of care.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:24:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:24:14Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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