Struggling for hopefulness: a qualitative study of Swedish women who self-harm
2004 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 11, no 3, 284-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There has been an increase in the number of Swedish psychiatric patients who self-harm, yet self-harm is seldom described in published research. The aim of this study was to describe how people who self-harm experience received care and their desired care. Nine participants, all Swedish women who had been treated for inpatient or outpatient psychiatric care, narrated their experiences of care for self-harm. Using qualitative content analysis, two themes were formulated: 'Expecting to be confirmed while being confirmed fosters hopefulness'; and, 'Expecting to be confirmed while not being confirmed stifles hopefulness'. Each of these themes emerged from five subthemes that clustered around positive and negative aspects of being seen-not being seen, being valued-being stigmatized, being connected-disconnected, being believed-doubted, and being understood-not being understood. Of significance is for nurses to view persons who self-harm as human beings and to grasp the importance of being confirmed by staff that can foster hopefulness in persons who self-harm, yet realize the possibility of the paradoxical nature of hopefulness and being confirmed.
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Oxford: Blackwell Scientific, , 2004. Vol. 11, no 3, 284-91 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19042DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00712.xPubMedID: 15149375OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19042DiVA: diva2:201218