Clínica y Salud
versión impresa ISSN 1130-5274
FERRER PEREZ, Victoria A.; BOSCH FIOL, Esperanza y RAMIS PALMER, Mª Carmen. How to train health professionals to deal with domestic violence. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.1, pp.59-81. ISSN 1130-5274.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), domestic violence is a major social and health problem requiring crying and priority action from health care professionals. The objective of this paper is to analyze how these professionals perceive this problem, its prevalence, seriousness and causes when they are university students. Perception of a sample of 175 university students, including Psychology and Nursing, was analyzed. An ad hoc interview and the "Inventory of Distorted Thoughts about Women and Violence" (Echeburúa and Fernandez-Montalvo, 1997) were administered. The results show that both groups of students have more similarities than differences and that their consideration of this problem is similar to the one of the general population. They regard it as an unacceptable and serious social problem occurring frequently, where diverse individual and social causes play a role. The implications of these results are finally analyzed.
Palabras clave : Domestic violence; Prevalence; Causes; Health professionals.