Paramedic-conducted Mental Health Counselling for Abused Women in Rural Bangladesh: An Evaluation from the Perspective of Participants
2009 (English)In: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, ISSN 1606-0997, Vol. 27, no 4, 477-491 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reports on evaluation of an initiative to use paramedics as the first-level mental health counsellors of abused women in rural Bangladesh (2003-2004) from the perspective of the abused women who participated in one or more counselling sessions. Thirty in-depth interviews, followed by a survey (n=372), targeted to cover all participants, were conducted in 2006. Overall, the arrangement, management of ethical issues, and skills of paramedics were rated favourably. Most (89%) abused women (n=372) considered the session useful; one-fourth of these women considered it very useful; and only a few abused women considered the session useless. Usefulness of the session was expressed mostly in terms of relief attained after talking about the issue. Most (87%) women reported being encouraged to be self-confident. In a context characterized by low self-confidence of women, lack of opportunity to talk about violence, and absence of professional mental health counselling services, this initiative is sufficiently promising to warrant further testing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 27, no 4, 477-491 p.
Battered women, Counselling, Mental health, Paramedics, Bangaldesh
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-128286ISI: 000269342500006PubMedID: 19761082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-128286DiVA: diva2:331082