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Title: Paramedic-conducted mental health counselling for abused women in rural Bangladesh: an evaluation from the perspective of participants
Authors: Naved, Ruchira T.
Rimi, Nadia A.
Jahan, Shamshad
Lindmark, Gunilla
Keywords: Mental Health Services
Program Evaluation
Rural Population
Women's Health
Young Adult
Battered Women-psychology
Allied Health Personnel
Interviews as Topic
Logistic Models
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Citation: J Health Popul Nutr 2009 Aug;27(4):477-91
Abstract: 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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3019
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