There Is Something I Want To Tell You: The Lived Experience Of Partner Abuse In Physically Disabled Women

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163792
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
There Is Something I Want To Tell You: The Lived Experience Of Partner Abuse In Physically Disabled Women
Author(s):
Copel, Linda
Author Details:
Linda Copel, PhD, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: linda.copel@villanova.edu
Abstract:
Violence against women is a chronic sociocultural problem that has been identified as a significant public health issue. In the United States it has been estimated that approximately four million women are subjected to abuse each year (Fishwick, 1998). For woman with disabilities, abuse is a critical problem. A report from Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation indicated that the same percentage of women, whether disabled or non-disabled, experienced abuse (Young, Nosek, Howland, Chanpong, & Rintala, 1997). With disabled women, the problem of abuse is compounded by the fact that they are often unable to access resources that may assist them. The purposes of this research study were (1) to determine the experience of abuse for women who are physically disabled, (2) to understand how the abuse experience described by physically disabled women is similar to and different from that of non-disabled women who are abused, (3) to identify the barriers that women with disabilities encounter as they attempt to eliminate violence from their lives, and (4) to develop information that will enable health care providers to assist physically disabled women to extricate themselves from the violence. A phenomenological methodology was used. The setting was a counseling center in the suburbs of a large city in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Twenty-two participants were selected by purposive sampling. A demographic data form and an open-ended interview were used as instruments for data collection. Colaizzi's Interpretative Approach (1978) was used for data analysis. Significant statements were extracted from the transcribed data, and meanings formulated. The major theme categories identified were intense verbal and emotional abuse, lack of information and perceived inability to obtain assistance, disruption in activities of daily living, depression and a pervasive sense of hopelessness, starting over, and the development of a stronger self. The experiences of the women revealed their personal needs, struggles, times of fear and emotional instability, and difficulty developing coping strategies. Information obtained from these women indicated a lengthy amount of time spent in the abusive situation. There were few health care practitioners who made themselves available to assess or discuss the abusive and burdensome situations that these women encountered in their daily lives. Implications from this study provide further evidence of the need for clinicians to assess and intervene in ways that enable women to make decisions for their personal safety.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThere Is Something I Want To Tell You: The Lived Experience Of Partner Abuse In Physically Disabled Womenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCopel, Lindaen_US
dc.author.detailsLinda Copel, PhD, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: linda.copel@villanova.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163792-
dc.description.abstractViolence against women is a chronic sociocultural problem that has been identified as a significant public health issue. In the United States it has been estimated that approximately four million women are subjected to abuse each year (Fishwick, 1998). For woman with disabilities, abuse is a critical problem. A report from Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation indicated that the same percentage of women, whether disabled or non-disabled, experienced abuse (Young, Nosek, Howland, Chanpong, & Rintala, 1997). With disabled women, the problem of abuse is compounded by the fact that they are often unable to access resources that may assist them. The purposes of this research study were (1) to determine the experience of abuse for women who are physically disabled, (2) to understand how the abuse experience described by physically disabled women is similar to and different from that of non-disabled women who are abused, (3) to identify the barriers that women with disabilities encounter as they attempt to eliminate violence from their lives, and (4) to develop information that will enable health care providers to assist physically disabled women to extricate themselves from the violence. A phenomenological methodology was used. The setting was a counseling center in the suburbs of a large city in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Twenty-two participants were selected by purposive sampling. A demographic data form and an open-ended interview were used as instruments for data collection. Colaizzi's Interpretative Approach (1978) was used for data analysis. Significant statements were extracted from the transcribed data, and meanings formulated. The major theme categories identified were intense verbal and emotional abuse, lack of information and perceived inability to obtain assistance, disruption in activities of daily living, depression and a pervasive sense of hopelessness, starting over, and the development of a stronger self. The experiences of the women revealed their personal needs, struggles, times of fear and emotional instability, and difficulty developing coping strategies. Information obtained from these women indicated a lengthy amount of time spent in the abusive situation. There were few health care practitioners who made themselves available to assess or discuss the abusive and burdensome situations that these women encountered in their daily lives. Implications from this study provide further evidence of the need for clinicians to assess and intervene in ways that enable women to make decisions for their personal safety.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:13:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:13:54Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_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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