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The cycle of substance misuse and victimization


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

The primary aim of this qualitative research study was to explore women's experiences of sexual assault while under the influence of a substance. The secondary aim was to learn about women's experiences with sexual assault services, specifically sexual assault nurse examiners. A phenomenological approach was chosen to guide the researcher toward an understanding of the meaning of the experience.

Data was gathered using individual, in-depth interviews with eight women. The data was analyzed to discover what it was like to be sexually assaulted while under the influence. Through analysis and interpretation of the data a theme of struggling to survive was chosen to communicate the meaning of the experience. In addition, a model of a cycle of substance misuse and victimization is offered for consideration.

The study findings reveal the complex relationship between the participants' substance use and their victimization. This research points to the need for specific nursing interventions for women who have been sexually assaulted while under the influence and for follow-up programs designed to assist women break the cycle of substance misuse and victimization. The research provides valuable insight into victims' experiences that can be used to advance nursing care to victims of sexual assault.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Nursing;
Drug use;
Sex crimes;
Qualitative research;
Womens health
Classification
0569: Nursing
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences, Assault, Forensic, Nursing, Sexual assault, Substance abuse, Substances, Victimization
Title
The cycle of substance misuse and victimization
Author
Kalmakis, Karen A.
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549789277
Advisor
Zucker, Donna
Committee member
Gerber, Daniel; Picard, Carol
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Nursing
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325251
ProQuest document ID
304568045
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304568045
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