Culture and systems of oppression in abused women's lives.

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    Women's experiences of abuse are shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which they live. Recognition of the complex ways in which culture and systems of oppression interact, creating qualitatively different abuse experiences, is important nursing knowledge. Of particular concern are the ways in which women are constrained in their efforts to combat abuse as they experience the harsh and alienating effects of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of social injustice. An understanding of the ways in which race and ethnicity, class, language and citizenship, religion, and culture intersect and shape women's experiences of abuse is critical to the provision of culturally competent nursing care. This understanding is the springboard from which more effective assessment and intervention strategies with vulnerable abused women of diverse backgrounds can emerge.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)678-683
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics
    • Critical Care
    • Maternity and Midwifery


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