Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

17 p.

Publication Date

5-2007

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Health Care for Women International

Source ISSN

0739-9332

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1080/07399330701226545

Abstract

In this descriptive study we employ episodic narrative interviews and narrative analysis to explore experiences of abuse and violence within the families of origin of Mexican women entering adulthood. Twenty-four Mexican women, 18 years of age and about to graduate from a residential school in central Mexico, were interviewed about life in their families of origin. Participants were from several Mexican states and of low socioeconomic status. Nineteen of the participants described either witnessing or experiencing violence or abuse within their families. We present an analysis of the interviews in which violence or abuse was disclosed. Women who witnessed violence against their mothers did not see this as prescriptive of their own future relationships and articulated strategies for avoiding entering an abusive relationship. Women who experienced nonsexual physical violence described physical violence as punishment. Women who experienced sexual abuse did not provide explanations for the abuse and described being silent in response to the abuse.

Comments

This is the accepted, peer-reviewed, corrected version before publisher formatting.

Health Care for Women International, Vol. 28, No. 5 (May 2007). DOI.

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