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Moving from surviving to thriving: African American women recovering from intimate male partner abuse
Research and theory for nursing practice
  • Janette Y. Taylor, University of Iowa
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Res Theory Nurs Pract
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In this ethnographic study, a womanist framework was used to investigate the process of recovery from domestic violence. A purposive sample of African American women (N = 21) was interviewed to gain understanding of their recovery process. Survivorship-thriving was the overarching process. Six themes related to survivorship-thriving were identified: (a) Sharing secrets/Shattering silences--sharing information about the abuse with others; (b) Reclaiming the Self-defining oneself separate from abuser and society; (c) Renewing the Spirit-nurturing and restoring the spiritual and emotional self; (d) Self-healing through Forgiveness--forgiving their partners for the abuse and violence; (e) Finding inspiration in the Future-looking to the future with optimism; and (f) Self-generativity by Engaging in Social Activism--participating in prosocial activities to promote social change. This article presents recovery oriented towards survivorship-thriving as a transformative process overall characterized by resilience and self-generativity. This represents more than just recovery as return to homeostasis or "back to normal." Implications for survivor-informed practices are included.

  • Adaptation,
  • Psychological,
  • Adult,
  • African Americans/psychology,
  • Aged,
  • Anthropology,
  • Cultural,
  • Battered Women/psychology,
  • Female,
  • Humans,
  • Interpersonal Relations,
  • Middle Aged,
  • Self Concept,
  • Spirituality,
  • Spouse Abuse/psychology/rehabilitation,
  • Truth Disclosure,
  • Washington
Published Article/Book Citation
Research and theory for nursing practice, 18:1 (2004) pp.35-50.
Citation Information
Janette Y. Taylor. "Moving from surviving to thriving: African American women recovering from intimate male partner abuse" Research and theory for nursing practice Vol. 18 Iss. 1 (2004) p. 35 - 50 ISSN: 1541-6577
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