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5. Young Women's Experiences of Coping with Violence in Intimate Relationships (Pages 250-267)

Marina Ursa and Corinne Koehn

This study examined the lived experiences of coping with physically violent living-as-married or marital relationships for women aged 19–24. Information was collected from five women through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the transcendental phenomenological approach (Moustakas, 1994). Three major themes emerged from their experiences. The first, within-person coping, involved self-soothing, enjoying positive experiences, cognitively rationalizing and minimizing violence, and personal beliefs, including spiritual beliefs. The second, managing violence within the relationship, included purposeful communication, managing violence, and escape. The third related to experiences with informal and formal support. Spirituality and the role of others are also explored in some detail. Implications for clinical mental health practice and directions for future research are discussed.