Spiritual Distress: The Lived Experience of Women in Abusive Relationships Who Sought Spiritual Guidance

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163399
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Spiritual Distress: The Lived Experience of Women in Abusive Relationships Who Sought Spiritual Guidance
Author(s):
Copel, Linda Carman
Author Details:
Linda Carman Copel, PhD, APRN, BC, DAPA, Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: linda.copel@villanova.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: The objective of this qualitative study was to describe the experience of abused women attempting to decrease their spiritual distress and obtain spiritual guidance from their religious leaders. Background: Women in abusive relationships have recognized the silence of religious institutions and clergy in addressing intimate partner violence. The old message, that women are to blame when family dysfunction occurs, remains evident in society. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The population was women over the age of 21, who could read and write English, and had experienced intimate partner violence within the past year. A convenience sample of 16 women was recruited from a mental health clinic. This qualitative study employed a phenomenological methodology to describe the women's spiritual distress and help-seeking experience. The interview questions were, (1) "Will you please describe the spiritual distress you experienced?" and, (2) "Will you please describe your experience of seeking spiritual assistance from your religious leader?" All transcripts were analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method. The findings revealed that clergy were not helpful in alleviating the women's spiritual distress or intervening in the violence. Results: Four themes that epitomized the negative outcomes of the help-seeking behavior were spiritual suffering, devaluation, loss, and powerlessness. Overall, the participants revealed feeling unworthy and doubtful about their abilities as individuals and church members. Conclusions and Implications: The themes identified serve as indications of the need for education of clergy, and collaboration between clergy and advanced practice nurses who work with women who experience intimate partner violence. Additional research is necessary which explores the spiritual distress of abused women and determines strategies to extricate women from violent situations. Nurses and clergy must unite to create the spiritual care, advocacy, counseling, education, and ultimately the prevention of intimate partner violence.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSpiritual Distress: The Lived Experience of Women in Abusive Relationships Who Sought Spiritual Guidanceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCopel, Linda Carmanen_US
dc.author.detailsLinda Carman Copel, PhD, APRN, BC, DAPA, Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: linda.copel@villanova.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163399-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The objective of this qualitative study was to describe the experience of abused women attempting to decrease their spiritual distress and obtain spiritual guidance from their religious leaders. Background: Women in abusive relationships have recognized the silence of religious institutions and clergy in addressing intimate partner violence. The old message, that women are to blame when family dysfunction occurs, remains evident in society. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The population was women over the age of 21, who could read and write English, and had experienced intimate partner violence within the past year. A convenience sample of 16 women was recruited from a mental health clinic. This qualitative study employed a phenomenological methodology to describe the women's spiritual distress and help-seeking experience. The interview questions were, (1) "Will you please describe the spiritual distress you experienced?" and, (2) "Will you please describe your experience of seeking spiritual assistance from your religious leader?" All transcripts were analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method. The findings revealed that clergy were not helpful in alleviating the women's spiritual distress or intervening in the violence. Results: Four themes that epitomized the negative outcomes of the help-seeking behavior were spiritual suffering, devaluation, loss, and powerlessness. Overall, the participants revealed feeling unworthy and doubtful about their abilities as individuals and church members. Conclusions and Implications: The themes identified serve as indications of the need for education of clergy, and collaboration between clergy and advanced practice nurses who work with women who experience intimate partner violence. Additional research is necessary which explores the spiritual distress of abused women and determines strategies to extricate women from violent situations. Nurses and clergy must unite to create the spiritual care, advocacy, counseling, education, and ultimately the prevention of intimate partner violence.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:06:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:06:53Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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