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Broken dreams of a better life in Sweden: Thai women’s lived experiences of intimate partner violence by Swedish men in international marriages
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. b Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Department, Boromarajonani College of Nursing Udon Thani, Udon Thani, Thailand.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6079-6755
c Praboromrajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (samproduktion)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3068-5384
2018 (English)In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Intimate partner violence by men against women has detrimental effects on equality, health and integration. Migrated and ‘imported’ wives experience an increased risk of intimate partner violence. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore Thai immigrant women’s lived experiences of intimate partner violence in Sweden. Method: Semi-structured interviews based on the critical incident technique with specific questions about experiences of male-to-female intimate partner violence were used to collect data. The participants were Thai immigrant women who had lived in Sweden for more than five years. Qualitative content analysis was used to identify patterns and variations in the transcribed data material. Results: Eighteen interviewees reported psychological, physical, economic and/or sexual violence in their international marriages. These Thai women described being faithful and silent and reliable housewives. However, this did not keep them from being replaced and losing dignity as a result of intimate partner violence, including experiencing broken dreams and deception. Although their dreams were broken, they did not give up their efforts to achieve better lives in Sweden. Conclusions: The vulnerability of imported wives in international marriages needs to be further recognised by health and welfare agencies in Sweden, as elsewhere, to ensure that these women have equal access to human rights, welfare and health as other citizens. From a health promotion perspective, home-based health check-ups are needed to stop the exploitation of imported wives. In Thailand, information and education about the unrecognised negative conditions of the Mia farang role (Imported wife role) need to be disseminated.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-10
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41285DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2018.1496889ISI: 000440729600001PubMedID: 30073910Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051069200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41285DiVA, id: diva2:1260680
Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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