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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2009

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Lois Tschetter

Keywords

psychology of victims of family violence, psychology of abused women

Abstract

The phenomenological study described in this paper examined the lived experience of adult women survivors of domestic violence. Self-identified domestic violence survivors (N=3) participated in non-structured self-written interviews submitted by email to the researcher. The stories were analyzed by the researcher and a member of her thesis committee using Heideggerian phenomenology to identify common meanings and themes in the texts. The major findings of the study suggested three major themes of lived experience among domestic violence survivors: "The loss of self respect is death," "the terror itself holds the power," and "the consequences of indulging the abuser's hedonistic desires and inclinations."

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Victims of family violence -- Psychology
Abused women -- Psychology

Description

Includes bibliographical references (page 29-38)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

46

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 2009 Gayle Webert. All rights reserved

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