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Resilience traits of African American women survivors of intimate partner violence (ipv): Mental health practitioner perspectives
by Wortham, Thomasine T., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 180; 3601442
Abstract (Summary)

This study focused on the perspectives of ten licensed mental health practitioners regarding the resilience of African American women survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) who permanently leave male perpetrators. A generic qualitative methodology guided the exploration using individual face-to-face interviews. Data collection included individual semi-structured interviews using open-ended questions, which harmonized with the postmodern worldview and constructivist-interpretive paradigm that undergirded the study. After multiple cycles of data analysis cycles, five major themes emerged. The emergent themes were hope, family influence, self-concept, empowerment, and turning points. Maslow's hierarchy and Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory provided the theoretical framework for the analysis of the themes. The study presented a discussion of the implications of the themes for understanding the resilience traits of African American women IPV survivors. Such implications are relevant to researchers, policy-makers, counselors, counselor educators, health care workers, and other human services professionals who affect the treatment of this cohort.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fickenscher, Connie
Commitee: Lange, Amber, Sparks, Cathy
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: African American, Intimate partner violence, Practitioners, Resilience, Survivors, Women
Publication Number: 3601442
ISBN: 978-1-303-52672-5
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