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How women experience and cope with daily hassles after sexual abuse: a retrospective qualitative study
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.
University of Oslo, Norway.
Innlandet Hospital Trust, Norway.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The impact of stress on health can depend on factors such as frequency, heightening of stress during a given period or the presence of one or a few repeated hassles of psychological importance. The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of how adult women experience and cope with daily hassles after sexual abuse. Ten interviews were analysed using the grounded theory method. The theoretical model of ‘protecting armor in daily life’ emerged. The aftermath of sexual abuse related coping with daily stress can be understood as a three‐phase process: (1) avoiding and escaping—coping after experiencing sexual abuse; (2) accepting and disclosing—starting a process of recovery; and (3) reconciling and repossessing—living with the experience in the present. The model contributes to a deeper understanding of the everyday life of women who have experienced sexual abuse. Increased knowledge of coping behaviours that can be used to deal with daily hassles may also serve as a tool for health professionals, other helpers and family to help these women rebuild a good life.

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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8272DOI: 10.1111/scs.12649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8272DiVA, id: diva2:1274680
Available from: 2019-01-02 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2019-01-15Bibliographically approved

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