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“I'm a mother first”: The influence of mothering in the decision-making processes of battered immigrant Latino women†
Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 286–297, June 2009
How to Cite
Kelly, U. A. (2009), “I'm a mother first”: The influence of mothering in the decision-making processes of battered immigrant Latino women. Res. Nurs. Health, 32: 286–297. doi: 10.1002/nur.20327
This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, NRSA, 1 F31 NR07686-01; Boston College Pre-doctoral Fellowship; and the MGH Institute of Health Professions Faculty Seed Grant Award. The writing of this manuscript was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, NRSA, 5 T32 NR007091-12. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and admiration to the women who participated in this study for their bravery, strength, and honesty.
- Issue published online: 29 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 FEB 2009
- intimate partner violence;
- domestic abuse;
- qualitative research;
Healthcare providers (HCPs) may be perplexed by the decision-making processes of battered Latino women in situations involving intimate partner violence (IPV). In particular, decisions may appear contradictory and hazardous to the women's children. The findings of this interpretive descriptive study reveal that the mothering role was central to battered Latina mothers' decisions. The mothers strove to prioritize, protect, and provide for their children in every way, including managing the abuse and avoiding IPV disclosure to HCPs. Disparate understandings of the women's decisions and mothering create a Catch-22 between battered Latina mothers and their HCPs. A trusting mother-HCP relationship is necessary for effective screening and intervention for IPV. This requires HCPs' understanding of these mothers' decisions and changes in clinical practice. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:286–297, 2009