Examining sexual abuse experienced in childhood and adolescence and its impact on women over age 18

Journal of Nursing & Care

ISSN: 2167-1168

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Examining sexual abuse experienced in childhood and adolescence and its impact on women over age 18

6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference

August 15-17, 2016 London, UK

Kader Mert and Sena Dilek Aksoy

Kocaeli University, Turkey

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Nurs Care

Abstract :

Aim: This is a multidimensional examination of the types of sexual abuse women over the age of 18 were exposed to in childhood and adolescence and how this has affected their lives. Materials & Method: This is a descriptive study and was conducted over the period June 2015 - November 2015 with 12 individuals willing to participate in the research. The snowball sampling method was used in this study. The data were collected with a semistructured questionnaire and with individual in-depth interviews. Content analysis was used in the evaluation of the data. Results: The mean age of the women in the study was 33.37├?┬▒11.72 and most of them were university graduates, married and employed. While the participants who had experienced sexual abuse when they were 6-8 years old (n:10) had been fondled, those that had experienced sexual abuse at the ages 12-14 (n:2) had been raped. The effects of sexual abuse have been examined under 6 themes: the individual, academic life, marriage, sexuality, the family, and society. The effects of sexual abuse on the individual are feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, regret, disappointment, lack of self-confidence, introversion, paranoia, fear, the desire to harm oneself, despair, not being able to live one├ó┬?┬?s childhood, anxiety about the future, the will to be strong; the effects of sexual abuse on academic life are dropping out of school, changing schools; the effects of sexual abuse on marriage is marrying unwillingly, fear of divorce, lack of trust in one├ó┬?┬?s husband; the effects on sexuality are disgust, fear, embarrassment; the effects regarding one├ó┬?┬?s own family are anger felt toward the family, blaming the family, being shamed before the family, hiding from the family, desire to avoid harming family members; the effects on society are feelings of insignificance, fear of being labeled and mistrust of society. Conclusion: The effects of sexual abuse suffered during childhood and adolescence continue throughout life in many dimensions.

Biography :

Kader Mert has completed her PhD from Commnuity Health Nursing Department in Marmara University. She has been working as a Assistant Professor in Community Health Nursing Department at Kocaeli University for 2 years. She has published 6 articles in international and national journals, 6 oral/poster international presentations and 18 national oral/poster presentations. She has 2 book sections in national books. She is interested in vulnerable children. Her Master’s thesis is about school health nursing interventions and PhD thesis is about children working on the street.


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