Evidence-Based Strategies for Better Mental Health for Abused Women and Their Children

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303893
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Evidence-Based Strategies for Better Mental Health for Abused Women and Their Children
Author(s):
Gilroy, Heidi; Symes, Lene; Nava, Angeles; McFarlane, Judith; Binder, Brenda K.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Beta
Author Details:
Heidi Gilroy, MSN, hegilroy@twu.edu; Lene Symes, PhD, RN; Angeles Nava, PhD; Judith McFarlane, DrPH; Brenda K. Binder, PhD, RN, PNP;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose:

Evidence supports the poor mental health of many abused women with high rates of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. An abused mother’s mental health is also strongly associated with the behavioral functioning of her children.  Evidence is lacking regarding what strategies abused women feel will improve their mental health and functioning.   

Methods:

As part of a multi-year longitudinal study on abused women, 244 women with children were asked about their history of mental health problems, counseling and prescription treatments received, current treament, and perceived benefits. Age of first treatment was recorded as well as method of payment for mental health services.

Results:

Almost half (43.4%) of the women sampled reported counseling or medication to treat a mental health condition.  The rates are more than three times the national average for counseling (32.4% compared to 8.2%) and more than twice the national average for medication (32.8% compared to 14.7%). Many of the women said that medication (60%) and counseling (77.2%) were helpful, but more women rated counseling helpful.  The women rated “better functioning” as the most helpful result of counseling, and reported “calming effects” as the most helpful result of medication.  Although most women found counseling and medication helpful, the women continue to report clinically significant mental health problems with less than 10% of the women currently receiving treatment.     

Conclusion:

Abuse to women is common and affects the mental health functioning of mother and child.  This presentation will describe intergenerational effects of abuse to women and propose an intervention plan for mothers to positively affect maternal mental health and promote child functioning.

Keywords:
Mental Health; Women's Health; Intimate Partner Violence
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This 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.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvidence-Based Strategies for Better Mental Health for Abused Women and Their Childrenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGilroy, Heidien_GB
dc.contributor.authorSymes, Leneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNava, Angelesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcFarlane, Judithen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBinder, Brenda K.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Betaen_GB
dc.author.detailsHeidi Gilroy, MSN, hegilroy@twu.edu; Lene Symes, PhD, RN; Angeles Nava, PhD; Judith McFarlane, DrPH; Brenda K. Binder, PhD, RN, PNP;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303893-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>Evidence supports the poor mental health of many abused women with high rates of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. An abused mother’s mental health is also strongly associated with the behavioral functioning of her children.  Evidence is lacking regarding what strategies abused women feel will improve their mental health and functioning.    <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>As part of a multi-year longitudinal study on abused women, 244 women with children were asked about their history of mental health problems, counseling and prescription treatments received, current treament, and perceived benefits. Age of first treatment was recorded as well as method of payment for mental health services. <p><b>Results: </b> <p>Almost half (43.4%) of the women sampled reported counseling or medication to treat a mental health condition.  The rates are more than three times the national average for counseling (32.4% compared to 8.2%) and more than twice the national average for medication (32.8% compared to 14.7%). Many of the women said that medication (60%) and counseling (77.2%) were helpful, but more women rated counseling helpful.  The women rated “better functioning” as the most helpful result of counseling, and reported “calming effects” as the most helpful result of medication.  Although most women found counseling and medication helpful, the women continue to report clinically significant mental health problems with less than 10% of the women currently receiving treatment.      <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>Abuse to women is common and affects the mental health functioning of mother and child.  This presentation will describe intergenerational effects of abuse to women and propose an intervention plan for mothers to positively affect maternal mental health and promote child functioning.en_GB
dc.subjectMental Healthen_GB
dc.subjectWomen's Healthen_GB
dc.subjectIntimate Partner Violenceen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:25:18Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:25:18Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
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.en_GB
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