Stöðug streita, ótti og kvíði : Reynsla kvenna sem hafa búið við ofbeldi á meðgöngu og endranær

Sigríður Halldórsdóttir, Ástþóra Kristinsdóttir

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Constant stress, fear and anxiety: The experience of Icelandic women who have lived in domestic violence during pregnancy and at other times.

Studies indicate that domestic abuse seriously impacts well-being and general health of women and their children. The purpose of this study was to increase the knowledge and deepen the understanding of domestic abuse during pregnancy and at other times. The research method is a qualitative, phenomenological method, known as the Vancouver School of doing Phenomenology. Twelve Icelandic women, aged 19 -72, mean age 37 ½, with a history of domestic abuse participated in the study and were interviewed once or twice, in all 15 interviews. Results of this study show that living in an abusive relationship involves a great deal of stress and does have serious consequences. The abuse started as soon as the relationship began, first emotionally then physically, sexually or financially. All the women felt they didn’t have any respect in their homes but felt ashamed because of the abuse. When they got pregnant the situation worsened and they felt that they were stuck in the relationship. They experienced lack of consideration sexually and even violent sex. The women still have traumatic flashbacks and nightmares even many years after the abusive relationship has ended and they have suffered from anxiety and depression as well as lack of self-confidence. All their children witnessed the abuse and were seriously affected. Increased knowledge and understanding of domestic violence during pregnancy is important for midwives and other health professionals so they can identify the symptoms and consequences of abusive relationships and help women in time to prevent long-term consequences for mother and child.
Original languageIcelandic
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010

Other keywords

  • Ofbeldi
  • Meðganga
  • Heimilisofbeldi
  • Streita
  • Pregnancy
  • Abused Women
  • Domestic Violence

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