A Qualitative Exploration of Perceptions of Strength Among Trauma-Exposed Women Living Within Homelessness
The purpose of this study was to facilitate self-discovery of strengths of women who were homeless and trauma-exposed. Using an emancipatory feminist and existential phenomenological qualitative research design, seventeen women participated in facilitative dialogs exploring perceptions of strength. The dialogue focused on three aspects of strength: characteristics, strategies, and barriers. The participants’ words were represented within global themes of strength: balance, protection, and dangerous environments. Results suggest women who are houseless and abused find ways to remain strong as evidenced in their stories. Findings support strength-based discovery, patient engagement, and partnering as a health intervention with vulnerable women.
Hemphill, Jean Croce. 2020. A Qualitative Exploration of Perceptions of Strength Among Trauma-Exposed Women Living Within Homelessness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Vol.106 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2020.1742257 ISSN: 0161-2840