“I Could See Colors Again”: How Women End Emotional Abuse by Accessing Agency
The goal of this study is to gain knowledge about the psychological and social factors that impact a woman's decision to end an emotionally abusive relationship. The subjects are women considered to be non-marginalized by society. Social, Psychodynamic and Narrative theories are explored and data is analyzed through a collaborative theoretical lens. The study utilizes a qualitative grounded theory approach, which allows for themes to emerge through data collection and analysis. The findings indicate that a combination of psychological and social factors contribute to the decision making process to end an emotionally abusive relationship, including strong support from family and friends, a sense of agency and being able to name the abuse as emotional. Obstacles to ending the abusive relationship included, the responsibility to make it work, social role pressure and the fear of being alone. The findings will contribute to both the scholarly and clinical social work knowledge base.
0452: Social work
0453: Womens studies