Emerging Adult Women’s Views-of-Self in Intimate Partner Relationships That Are Troubled

Allison McCord Stafford, Claire Burke Draucker

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe how emerging adult (EA) women describe their views-of-self in troubled relationships. Fourteen EA women (ages 18–25 years) wrote four stories about their troubled relationships during a guided-writing intervention. Qualitative descriptive methods and content analysis were used to identify common views-of-self. Four views-of-self in troubled relationships and contrasting views-of-self emerged: (i) silent self-vocal self, (ii) sacrificing self-prioritized self, (iii) caretaking self-boundary-setting self, and (iv) insecure self-secure self. Mental health nurses and other clinicians can use these views-of-self pairs to guide their discussions with EA young women who are involved in troubled relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-296
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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