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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156845
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Voices of Malawian Women: a Perspective on Sexual Violence
Abstract:
Voices of Malawian Women: a Perspective on Sexual Violence
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Mkandawire, Lucy
Objectives a) To begin to determine how common sexual violence against Malawian women is b) To determine if victims of sexual assault would be open to using services if services were made available in the country c) To determine what kind of services women would be most comfortable using and which professionals they would be most comfortable approaching for the necessary support. Design: A descriptive qualitative research study. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Between the dates of August 14th and August 28th, in-depth interviews were carried out with women at family planning clinics in the city of Blantyre in Malawi. The study participants were 27 women between the ages of 18 and 52. During these interviews women were asked to describe both positive and negative sexual experiences that they or their friends might have encountered. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: sexual violence. Methods: This descriptive qualitative research study employed grounded theory methods for its data collection and analysis because it is a theory that allows the researcher to develop concepts, insights and understandings from patterns in the data (Taylor and Bogdan, 1998) rather than collecting data for the purposes of proving already existing theories. In view of the fact that the study was carried out in a developing country, it was important for the researcher to use a theory that would allow the data collected to speak for itself rather than to apply theories constructed in the developed world in attempting to understand a situation in a developing nation. Feminist theory is one theory that was however selected as a framework to guide in the data collection and analysis. Feminist theory was appropriate for this research study because it allows for an understanding of the problems that women face with due consideration of the political and social oppressions existent in the contexts in which they live. In –depth interviews were carried out to elicit information on the sexual experiences of women in Malawi with the use of an interview guide. Findings: The emergent findings of the study indicate that there is a high prevalence of sexual violence against women and young girls in Malawi. The findings also show that Malawian women would be open to using services that would meet their physical needs following an assault. One of the common themes emerging from the data as expressed by Malawian women is that they would feel more comfortable if cared for by a female nurse when seeking health care following an assault. Conclusions and Implications: The findings of the study hold serious ramifications for the nursing profession particularly in the area of education considering that the study participants mentioned nurses as the health care professionals that they would be most comfortable approaching for support following an assault. Nurses need to learn to take a more active role in addressing concerns pertaining to sexual violence against women. As nurses we have to take a stand in helping to transform oppression and domination of women in society by supporting those that have been victimized. Indeed we have a critical role to play in establishing services for women who have been sexually assaulted and ultimately in the process of beginning to bring to an end sexual violence against all women.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleVoices of Malawian Women: a Perspective on Sexual Violenceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156845-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Voices of Malawian Women: a Perspective on Sexual 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">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">June, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Mkandawire, Lucy</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lmkandaw@syr.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives a) To begin to determine how common sexual violence against Malawian women is b) To determine if victims of sexual assault would be open to using services if services were made available in the country c) To determine what kind of services women would be most comfortable using and which professionals they would be most comfortable approaching for the necessary support. Design: A descriptive qualitative research study. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Between the dates of August 14th and August 28th, in-depth interviews were carried out with women at family planning clinics in the city of Blantyre in Malawi. The study participants were 27 women between the ages of 18 and 52. During these interviews women were asked to describe both positive and negative sexual experiences that they or their friends might have encountered. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: sexual violence. Methods: This descriptive qualitative research study employed grounded theory methods for its data collection and analysis because it is a theory that allows the researcher to develop concepts, insights and understandings from patterns in the data (Taylor and Bogdan, 1998) rather than collecting data for the purposes of proving already existing theories. In view of the fact that the study was carried out in a developing country, it was important for the researcher to use a theory that would allow the data collected to speak for itself rather than to apply theories constructed in the developed world in attempting to understand a situation in a developing nation. Feminist theory is one theory that was however selected as a framework to guide in the data collection and analysis. Feminist theory was appropriate for this research study because it allows for an understanding of the problems that women face with due consideration of the political and social oppressions existent in the contexts in which they live. In &ndash;depth interviews were carried out to elicit information on the sexual experiences of women in Malawi with the use of an interview guide. Findings: The emergent findings of the study indicate that there is a high prevalence of sexual violence against women and young girls in Malawi. The findings also show that Malawian women would be open to using services that would meet their physical needs following an assault. One of the common themes emerging from the data as expressed by Malawian women is that they would feel more comfortable if cared for by a female nurse when seeking health care following an assault. Conclusions and Implications: The findings of the study hold serious ramifications for the nursing profession particularly in the area of education considering that the study participants mentioned nurses as the health care professionals that they would be most comfortable approaching for support following an assault. Nurses need to learn to take a more active role in addressing concerns pertaining to sexual violence against women. As nurses we have to take a stand in helping to transform oppression and domination of women in society by supporting those that have been victimized. Indeed we have a critical role to play in establishing services for women who have been sexually assaulted and ultimately in the process of beginning to bring to an end sexual violence against all women.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T15:11:44Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T15:11:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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