Myths and taboos – students’ attitudes towards and knowledge about intimate partner violence (IPV)
- Side: 50-62
- Publisert på Idunn: 2015-02-12
- Publisert: 2013-11-15
Background: Violence against women is a world health problem which is to be targeted by educational nursing programmes. Objective: To explore knowledge and attitudes among students in an educational nursing programme regarding myths and beliefs about intimate partner violence (IPV). Method: Data were collected through questionnaires and focus groups interviews. Results: Survey data suggest that some nursing students did not believe in the myths about IPV. The students who still believed in the myths marginally manifested a change in attitude towards the myths. The focus group interviews yielded three main themes: “guilty or not guilty”; “a complex story”; and “from uncertainty to security”, and showed an increase of knowledge in IPV. Conclusion: Prior to their training, the students manifested both a belief in common myths about IPV and appropriate knowledge and understanding. Post-training demonstrated a minor increase of knowledge and change in beliefs. Training may alter these beliefs and contribute to changes in behaviour.