"suffering in thought": An analysis of the mental health needs of female domestic workers living with violence in malawi

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Abstract

The impact of violence on the mental health of women has been acknowledged but with limited exploration in resource-poor countries. Using critical ethnography and feminist methods, we analyzed the impact of violence on the mental health of a sample of Malawian women employed in domestic service. The analysis showed mental health as being situated in the context of poverty, inhumane treatment, social isolation, and the erosion of hope. We offer suggestions on how psychiatric nurses and other health care providers can promote the mental health of women employed in domestic service while acknowledging the limited mental health services in Malawi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-118
Number of pages7
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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