An apple a day won't keep the violence away : listening to what pregnant women living in intimate partner violence say about their health

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Martin, Debbie F.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, School of Health Sciences, c2009
Researchers have provided evidence that living in intimate partner violence while pregnant negatively impacts the health of both the women and their unborn children. The purpose of this narrative study was twofold, first to gain understanding of the meaning of health as described by pregnant women who lived in intimate partner violence, and second to gain strategies for health care professionals. Six purposefully selected women participated in two interviews. The data were arranged under five themes: loss of body health, loss of mind health, loss of spirit health, coping with loss of body, mind and spirit health, and advice for health care professionals. The results revealed that these women’s health was negatively affected by living in intimate partner violence while pregnant. Universal screening, coalition building, further research, changes in health care policies, and changes in nursing education and practice are needed to properly address this serious health issue.
xi, 153 leaves ; 29 cm
Intimate partner violence -- Health aspects , Intimate partner violence -- Psychological aspects , Pregnant women -- Abuse of , Pregnant women -- Violence against , Abused women -- Mental health , Abusive men , Psychologically abused women -- Mental health , Nursing assessment , Dissertations, Academic