"Dissed" by dating violence

Angela Frederick Amar, Eileen M. Alexy

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PROBLEM. This study describes the impact of the experience of dating violence on the daily lives of college women. METHODS. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze transcribed responses from an open-ended question about the impact of dating violence. FINDINGS. Eight thematic categories emerged: emotional distress, distrust and using extra precautions, disconnected and distant in relationships, self-discontentment, disclaiming the experience, feeling disenfranchised, life disruption, and turning a situation from disempowering to empowering. CONCLUSIONS. Understanding the perspective of dating violence victims assists the advanced practice psychiatric nurse (APPN) with planning effective care. Routine screening about past and present experiences of violence must occur with all young women. Providers must be knowledgeable about available resources for victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-171
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • College women
  • Dating violence
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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