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Women abused as children and participatory dreaming: A study of unitary healing


2009 2009

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There is an extremely high percentage of American women who have experienced abuse as children. The consequences of these experiences are pervasive and severe including lifelong patterns of wounding. Research on the health of these women suggests that they are socially isolated, have significant health problems, are socially and economically at-risk, and are particularly vulnerable to further abuse in intimate relationships and with healthcare providers. There is a dearth of literature which addresses healing and the potential for healing as a global construct in the life patterns of these women. This was a descriptive, exploratory study to examine the potential of participatory dreaming (a group facilitated waking dream process using imagery and art) on unitary healing in women abused as children. A qualitative unitary appreciative inquiry was done with a purposive sample of 12 women recruited from two metropolitan areas of North Carolina. The findings suggested that participatory dreaming was an effective and powerful method of illuminating healing as a process and offering the possibilities for change and transformation in the lives of these women who experienced abuse as children. The patterning focus of this study demonstrated that healing from childhood abuse is a unitary phenomenon which may be appreciated in the context of the wholeness inherent in the lives of these women.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Womens studies;
Nursing
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0569: Nursing
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Abuse; Child abuse; Participatory dreaming; Unitary healing; Women
Title
Women abused as children and participatory dreaming: A study of unitary healing
Author
Repede, Elizabeth J.
Number of pages
274
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0154
Source
DAI-B 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109297966
Advisor
Cowling, William R., III
Committee member
Ivanov, Luba L.; Lawrence, Madelaine; Letvak, Susan A.
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department
School of Nursing
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3368805
ProQuest document ID
304963211
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304963211
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