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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2004 Oct;34(6):913-923. Korean. Original Article.
Gong SJ .
Chosun Nursing College, Korea.

PURPOSE: This study was to explore health experiences of victims of sexual violence reflected in Newman's health as expanding consciousness theory. METHOD: Nurse as researcher use Newman's praxis methodology because it is good for showing the process of interaction between researcher and sexual abuse victims. RESULTS: The significant characteristics of early health experiences during negative situations were a lot of suffering. However, after a turning point in health experience, the health experiences of most of the participants evolved as expanding consciousness. CONCLUSION: The study has provided support for Newman's theory of health. Most of the participants recognised meanings in their patterns and trustful caring relationships with the nurse as researcher. Pattern recognition as a nursing practice was a meaningful transforming process in the participant-nurse partnership.

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