Positions constructed in specialist health care for patients experiencing intimate partner violence

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dc.contributor.author Koistinen, Inka
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-20T10:29:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-20T10:29:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201206201910 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/38071
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to examine the positions that health personnel in specialist health care construct for patients experiencing intimate partner violence. It was also studied whether these constructed positions were challenged by other health care professionals and if so, how. The method of analysis chosen was discourse analysis. The data in this study was part of a larger development and research project Violence Intervention in Specialist Health Care (VISH), which was funded by the EU Daphne III Program in 2009–2010. The data consisted of six focus group interviews collected in 2006 in Jyväskylä, Finland. In these interviews specialist health care personnel discussed how they encounter and intervene in intimate partner violence. There were 30 participants altogether: physicians, nurses, social workers and psychologists. The health care professionals worked in VISH pilot departments in specialist health care in Central Finland Health Care District: the maternity, psychiatric ward and emergency department. The patients experiencing intimate partner violence were positioned in diverse ways. The positions were constructed in three dimensions, each of them having three to four subcategories. The patient was positioned as a visible and easily recognisable “victim”; latently damaged by the violence; and participating in and supporting the violence. The patient was perceived as possessing the classic characteristics of a “victim”: physical injuries, visible emotional expressions and obvious relationship problems. The patient was also perceived as damaged or disturbed in a way that their victimisation becomes hidden behind some secondary symptoms, such as psychological problems, substance abuse, becoming violent oneself or turning into a “time bomb”. The patients were perceived as participating in and supporting the violence when they were positioned responsible for ending the violence. It was thought that the patients did not leave the relationship because of their weakness, participation as an accomplice or guilt for the violence. Almost all the constructed positions were challenged by the other health care professionals, although most often in a very discreet way, through tones and gestures. The results of this study support the common notion that health personnel often have stereotypical and even distorted perceptions about people experiencing intimate partner violence. This is why a mere suspicion of abuse based on a health care professional’s intuition is unable to detect most of these patients. The health personnel’s perception of intimate partner violence as a rare phenomenon that only relates to certain types of people can be considered a valid argument for universal screening of violence. The education of health personnel is imperative in order to implement screening policies and change the attitudes about patients experiencing intimate partner violence.
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dc.subject.other intimate partner violence
dc.subject.other specialist health care
dc.subject.other health personnel attitudes
dc.subject.other crime victims
dc.subject.other positions
dc.title Positions constructed in specialist health care for patients experiencing intimate partner violence
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201206201910
dc.subject.ysa lähisuhdeväkivalta
dc.subject.ysa erikoissairaanhoito
dc.subject.ysa terveydenhuoltohenkilöstö
dc.subject.ysa asenteet
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Yhteiskuntatieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Social Sciences en
dc.contributor.laitos Psykologian laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Psychology en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine psykologia fi
dc.subject.method Diskurssianalyysi
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