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Relative Wellbeing of Women Maltreated as Children.

Authors
  • Arnell, Linda1
  • Källström, Åsa1
  • Gunnarsdottir, Hrafnhildur2, 3
  • 1 School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, 6233Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 2 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Institute of Medicine, 3570University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 3 Department of Health Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
2947–2965
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211058218
PMID: 34894883
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explores and analyzes how adult women in Sweden exposed to childhood maltreatment describe wellbeing, by using a thematic analysis of 22 semi-structured interviews with women maltreated as children. The results show that wellbeing was described as relative to both social norms and the childhood experiences and constituted four dimensions: Material and/or economic; Social and relational;Emotional; and Physical and/or mental. This study concludes that it is important to consider the relative and multiple ways wellbeing can be experienced and understood and to problematize norms of wellbeing, acknowledging the various ways people appraise their lives.

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