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“Like a lots happened with my whole childhood”: violence, trauma, and addiction in pregnant and postpartum women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Overview of attention for article published in Harm Reduction Journal, January 2015
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Title
“Like a lots happened with my whole childhood”: violence, trauma, and addiction in pregnant and postpartum women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Published in
Harm Reduction Journal, January 2015
DOI 10.1186/1477-7517-12-1
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Authors

Iris Torchalla, Isabelle Linden, Verena Strehlau, Erika K Neilson, Michael Krausz

Abstract

Women living in poor and vulnerable neighbourhoods like Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) face multiple burdens related to the social determinants of health. Many of them struggle with addiction, are involved in the sex trade and experience homelessness and gender-based violence. Such evidence suggests that psychological trauma is also a common experience for these women. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore themes and subjective perspectives of trauma and gender-based violence in women who lived in an impoverished neighbourhood and struggled with substance use during pregnancy and early motherhood. We interviewed 27 individuals accessing harm reduction services for pregnant and postpartum women in Vancouver, Canada. Key themes that emerged from these women's narratives highlighted the ubiquity of multiple and continuing forms of adversities and trauma from childhood to adulthood, in a variety of contexts, through a variety of offenders and on multiple levels. Both individual and environmental/structural conditions mutually intensified each other, interfering with a natural resolution of trauma-related symptoms and substance use. Women were also concerned that trauma could be passed on from one generation to the next, yet expressed hesitation when asked about their interest in trauma-specific counselling. In offering harm reduction services for poor and marginalized women, it is clear that an understanding of trauma must be integrated. It is recommended that service providers integrate trauma-informed care into their programme in order to offer this service in a trusted environment. However, it is also necessary to shift the focus from the individual to include environmental, social, economic and policy interventions on multiple levels and from issues of drug use and reduction of drug-related harms to include issues of gendered vulnerabilities and human rights.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
New Zealand 1 <1%
Unknown 141 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 20%
Student > Master 27 19%
Researcher 16 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 6%
Other 18 13%
Unknown 32 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 29 20%
Psychology 26 18%
Social Sciences 25 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 9%
Arts and Humanities 5 4%
Other 6 4%
Unknown 38 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 March 2016.
All research outputs
#4,951,710
of 17,891,883 outputs
Outputs from Harm Reduction Journal
#481
of 708 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#79,104
of 314,840 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Harm Reduction Journal
#4
of 8 outputs
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