Title : Physical and mental impact Of marital violence against jordanian female nurses
Background: To our Knowledge there is limited studies that describe the impact of on female nurses’ mental and physical health in Jordan. So, the aim of this study was to find how Marital violence affect nurses'’ physical and mental health.
Method: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted to find how marital violence affect and Jordanian nurses’ physical and mental health. About 198 female Jordanian nurses approved to participate in the current study. The Women Abuse Screening Test (WAST) was used to measure forms of violence, and the SF-36 V2 instrument to measure physical and mental health. Descriptive statistic was used to analyze study data.
Results: Female nurses reported a high percentage of different forms of violence; about 14.1% physical violence, 42.93% psychological violence and 10.6% sexual violence. The study results indicated that nurses who underwent marital violence reported more physical and mental health problems than nurses who did not underwent marital violence. Conclusion: Female Jordanian nurses suffered from the devastating impact of marital violence including physical and mental health problems. Nursing administrators, policy makers and educators should be directed to introduce universal screening, education and intervention for nurses, healthcare providers and victimized nurses, to prevent the hazardous impact of violence on their health which in turn affects the quality of patient care. Nursing educators should emphasiz on introducing and conducting Intimate partner violnce/Marital violence prevention and manegment in nursing curreculum at gragdte and undergraduate level.