Wednesday, 19 July 2006: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Women Abuse Survivors Becoming Resolute: An Interdisciplinary Narrative Analysis
Learning Objective #1: Recognize the usefulness of using narrative analysis to understand the complexities of surviving childhood maltreatment.
Learning Objective #2: Discuss narrative-based clinical interventions for survivors of childhood maltreatment.
This research was an interdisciplinary NIH funded* narrative study regarding women thriving abuse survivors. This study focused on how these women became successful despite their traumatic experiences of childhood abuse. Sample consisted of 27 community dwelling women who responded to a newspaper article describing the study as uniuqe in its non-pahtologizing stance. Study aims focused on exploring aftereffects, strengths, interactions, and social contexts relevant to success. Narratives were obtained in 3 open-ended interviews spaced over 7-12 months. "Successful struggling" rather than "thriving" was determined by the research team to more accurately describe the narratives of success for these women. The research team articulated that "struggling sucessfully " is two-fold: becoming and being resolute. Narratives, considered to be multidimensional, were analyzed for (a) trajectories of the narrative taken a-whole, (b)interactional/relational facets of healing, and (c)narrative-patterns of remembering. We conclude with emphasis on narrative-based prescriptive and psychotherapeutic interventions. *RO1 -NR07789
Organizer:Joanne Hall, PhD, RN, FAAN
 Narrative Patterns of Memory and Clinical Insights
Jill Powell, PhD, APRN, BC
 Narrative Trajectories of Women Survivors of Child Maltreatment: Redemptive and Contaminating Sequences
Sandra P. Thomas, RN, PhD, FAAN
 Relationships and Interactions in Narratives of Child Abuse: Constancy, Differentiation, and Challenge
Marian W. Roman, PhD, APRN, CS