• Exposure the violence is higher for psychiatric patients
• It affects resilience of individuals
• Psychiatric nurses can counsel women with mental disorders.
The aim of this study was to examine the traumatic mental growth and psychological resilience status of females who were receiving inpatient treatment at a district mental health hospital and had a history of being subjected to violence. One hundred-twenty female patients with a history of exposure to violence participated in the study. An introductory information form, the Traumatic Growth Inventory (TGI) and the Psychological Resilience Scale for Adults (PRSA) were used for data collection. This study found that all the participants were subjected to emotional violence, 65.8% to physical violence, 30.8% to sexual violence, and 94.2% to verbal violence at some point in their lives. Their TGI mean score (60.96 ± 11.91) was above average, while their PRSA mean score (97.90 ± 9.18) was below average. The participants’ mean scores on the TGI and PRSA did not vary significantly by the type of violence (p > 0.05) to which the women were exposed. Moreover, no statistically significant relationship was found between the TGI and the PRSA total scale and subscale mean scores (p > 0.05). This study found that the posttraumatic growth of females who had a history of physical or emotional or sexual abuse was positive, and that their psychological resilience levels were inadequate.
Leyla Baysan Arabaci, Gul Dikec, Ayse Buyukbayram, Gulcin Uzunoglu, Erol Ozan
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Volume 32, Issue 4, August 2018