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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2015, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 45) Last page : ( 50)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00132.4

Prevalence of Interpersonal Sexual Abuse among Married Female Nurses and Doctors in Karachi, Pakistan

Khan Azmat Jehan1,*, Ali Tazeen Saeed2, Karmaliani Rozina3, Asad Nargis4

1Senior Instructor, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery and at the Community Health Sciences (CHS), Karachi, Pakistan

2Associated Professors, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery and at the Community Health Sciences (CHS), Karachi, Pakistan

3Professors, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery and at the Community Health Sciences (CHS), Karachi, Pakistan

4Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University Hospital, Psychiatry, Karachi, Pakistan

*Corresponding author: Azmat Jehan Khan, Senior Instructor, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi, Pakistan. E-mail: azmat.khan@aku.edu, Telephone: (92) 21 3486–5448; Fax: (92) 21 493-42

Abstract

To estimate the prevalence of sexual abuse among married female healthcare (nurses and doctors) providers in tertiary care hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan perpetrated by family members. A descriptive cross-sectional study was done for 350 married female nurses and doctors by using a random sample technique. One public and two private tertiary healthcare hospitals from Karachi, Pakistan were selected. Descriptive and unvaried statistical methods used to analyze data. The study revealed that of the total sample of 350 married female nurses and doctors, 97.7% (n= 342) were reported one or more types of DV at some point in their life. Whereby, 59.6% (n= 204) reported sexual abuse by their family members at some point in their married life. Out of which mainly the husband 94.6% (n=193) created sexual abuse, followed by brother in- law 17.6% (n=36). Participants living in extended families [72.2% (n=26)], those who were undergraduate [50% (n=18)] and nurses [61.1% (n=22)] experienced sexual abuse by in-laws. In conclusion, nurses and doctors are victims of sexual abuse, because of socio-demographic factors such as extended family, educated and professional. The study participants were confronting to sexual abuse as the same level as those who were uneducated and poor.

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Keywords

Domestic ViolenceSexual AbuseNurses and DoctorsSexual Abuse by Family In-Laws.

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