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The post-traumatic growth journey of women who have survived intimate partner violence : A synthesized theory emphasizing obstacles and facilitating factors

The post-traumatic growth journey of women who have survived intimate partner violence : A synthesized theory emphasizing obstacles and facilitating factors


Title: The post-traumatic growth journey of women who have survived intimate partner violence : A synthesized theory emphasizing obstacles and facilitating factors
Author: Bryngeirsdóttir, Hulda Sædís
Arnault, Denise Saint
Halldórsdóttir, Sigríður
Date: 2022-07-16
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(14)
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19148653
Subject: Áfallastreita; Heimilisofbeldi; Konur; gender-based violence (GBV); intimate partner violence (IPV); mental health; post-traumatic growth (PTG); public health; rehabilitation; theory development; theory synthesis; trauma recovery; women’s health; Pollution; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3398

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Bryngeirsdóttir , H S , Arnault , D S & Halldórsdóttir , S 2022 , ' The post-traumatic growth journey of women who have survived intimate partner violence : A synthesized theory emphasizing obstacles and facilitating factors ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 19 , no. 14 , 8653 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19148653

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Suffering intimate partner violence (IPV) is a devastating personal experience and post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a positive, psychological change in a person, following trauma such as IPV. There is a gap in the literature when it comes to theories on PTG after surviving IPV. The aim of this theory development was to synthesize an approach to understanding the PTG journey of female IPV survivors. According to our theory, their PTG journey includes eight main components: 1. The women’s early experience of trauma, 2. The consequences of that trauma, 3. Their experiences of IPV, 4. The consequences of IPV, 5. The facilitating factors to PTG, 6. The hindering factors to PTG, 7. Their experience of PTG, and 8. The lingering effects of IPV. According to our findings, PTG is a real possibility for female IPV survivors, and it is likely to improve their mental health, well-being, and quality of life, as well as that of their children, loved ones, and communities, thereby decreasing the damaging effects of IPV. The theory can be useful for professionals when guiding female survivors of IPV to promote their recovery and healing. Due to the lack of research in this field, additional research is needed to further develop this theory.
 
Suffering intimate partner violence (IPV) is a devastating personal experience and post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a positive, psychological change in a person, following trauma such as IPV. There is a gap in the literature when it comes to theories on PTG after surviving IPV. The aim of this theory development was to synthesize an approach to understanding the PTG journey of female IPV survivors. According to our theory, their PTG journey includes eight main components: 1. The women's early experience of trauma, 2. The consequences of that trauma, 3. Their experiences of IPV, 4. The consequences of IPV, 5. The facilitating factors to PTG, 6. The hindering factors to PTG, 7. Their experience of PTG, and 8. The lingering effects of IPV. According to our findings, PTG is a real possibility for female IPV survivors, and it is likely to improve their mental health, well-being, and quality of life, as well as that of their children, loved ones, and communities, thereby decreasing the damaging effects of IPV. The theory can be useful for professionals when guiding female survivors of IPV to promote their recovery and healing. Due to the lack of research in this field, additional research is needed to further develop this theory.
 

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