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Fourteen main obstacles on the journey to post-traumatic growth as experienced by female survivors of intimate partner violence : “It was all so confusing”

Fourteen main obstacles on the journey to post-traumatic growth as experienced by female survivors of intimate partner violence : “It was all so confusing”


Title: Fourteen main obstacles on the journey to post-traumatic growth as experienced by female survivors of intimate partner violence : “It was all so confusing”
Author: Bryngeirsdóttir, Hulda Sædís
Halldórsdóttir, Sigríður
Date: 2022-04-28
Language: English
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School: School of Health Sciences
Department: Doctoral program center
Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 19(9)
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095377
Subject: Ofbeldi gegn konum; Líðan; Heilsuefling; Post-traumatic growth; Intimate partner violence; Trauma recovery; Public Health; Rehabilitation; Women's health
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3167

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Bryngeirsdóttir , H S & Halldórsdóttir , S 2022 , ' Fourteen main obstacles on the journey to post-traumatic growth as experienced by female survivors of intimate partner violence : “It was all so confusing” ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 19 , no. 9 , 5377 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095377

Abstract:

In this study, we identified 14 obstacles experienced by female survivors of intimate partner violence who had, nonetheless, reached post-traumatic growth (PTG), which is a positive psychological change by a person following serious difficulties or traumatic events. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is such a trauma. The purpose of this study was to analyze the obstacles to PTG as experienced by women who have succeeded in reaching PTG following traumatic IPV. Participants were twenty-two women aged 23–56 who self-reported their PTG according to the working definition used. The participants reported feelings of diminished self-worth that had negatively influenced their lives and how these negative feelings delayed their PTG. The overriding theme of the study was “It was all so confusing”, which expressed the essence of the participants’ feelings when describing the obstacles they encountered on their journey to PTG. Most of those obstacles were intrapersonal, i.e., negative personal feelings and negative perspectives towards themselves. Other obstacles reported by participants were physical and psychological health problems, challenging personal circumstances, and the perpetrator, as well as laws, regulations, and institutional social systems. This study reveals the broad range of obstacles encountered by women on their journey to PTG following IPV, emphasizing the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach when holistically considering their situation and supporting them on their journey towards PTG.

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