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The Reproductive Health Needs of Domestically Abused Women: A Qualitative Study
Anvar Sadat Nayebi Nia1, Mahrokh Dolatian, Syedeh Batool Hasanpoor-Azghdy3, Abbas Ebadi4, Alirez Akbarzadeh-baghban5
1Student Research Committee, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Department of midwifery &Reproductive Health, School of Nursing &Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of midwifery, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Life style institute, Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5Proteomics Research Center, Department of Basic Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


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Keywords : Abused women, Content analysis,Reproductive health, Need
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Abstract

Objectives: Violence against women is one of the most serious social problems in any cultures and communities, affecting the reproductive health of this gender. This study aimed to determine the reproductive health needs of the domestically abused women.

Materials and Methods: This qualitative study was conducted on 19 domestically abused women and 9 key informants. The study population was selected through purposive sampling technique. The data were collected to the point of saturation using unstructured interviews. Data analysis was performed in MAXQDA software version 10 (VERBI, Germany) using conventional content analysis.

Results: The main concepts obtained from the data were categorized in five major themes, including: 1) need to motivate self-care, 2) need to empower women against oppression, 3) need to have a safe sex life, 4) need to promote the capacity of the reproductive health system in support of the domestically abused women, and 5) need to train males to involve in reproductive health issues.

Conclusion: According to the results of the study, domestic violence can be associated with specific reproductive health needs among the females at individual, family, and society levels. Regarding this, it is essential to determine the needs of the domestically abused women to improve their general and reproductive health.

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