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“I Could See Colors Again”: How Women End Emotional Abuse by Accessing Agency


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Abstract (summary)

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.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Behavioral psychology;
Social work;
Womens studies
Classification
0384: Behavioral psychology
0452: Social work
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Agency; Emotional abuse; Psychological agency; Terminating relationships; Women
Title
“I Could See Colors Again”: How Women End Emotional Abuse by Accessing Agency
Author
Eisenberg, Fiona Ivy
Number of pages
258
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0046
Source
DAI-A 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124793061
Advisor
Danto, Elizabeth
Committee member
Bragin, Martha; Wheeler, Darrell
University/institution
City University of New York
Department
Social Welfare
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3466300
ProQuest document ID
884788803
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/884788803
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