Resilience of adolescents survivors of domestic violence: a qualitative study

Intan Maharani Sulistyawati Batubara, Novy Helena Catharina Daulima, Ice Yulia Wardani, Heni N. Kusumawati, Setiyawan Setiyawan, Meri Oktariani, Eni Rumiyati

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BACKGROUND: The ability of adolescents to overcome the impact of domestic violence and reflect on the achievements is a form of resilience. AIM: The study explored an in-depth description of the discovery process of the resilience ability in adolescent survivors of domestic violence. METHODS: This qualitative research with a descriptive phenomenology approach interviewed seven adolescent survivors between the ages of 15 and 21. In-depth interviews were conducted, and demographic data were collected. Interviews were transcribed and coded thematically. Data were analyzed with the method of Colaizzi. RESULTS: Four themes were derived from the interviews, including painful words from the close family member as a form of intimidation; the emotional response as imprinted feeling caused by the domestic violence; self-struggle starts from their own; and the happiness of the close family member as the purpose of life. CONCLUSION: Adolescents responses to domestic violence cause mental health problems, however, they also manage to overcome problems, fulfill goals, and review their past and current life events to achieve life’s purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2021


  • Ability
  • Adolescents
  • Domestic violence
  • Resilience
  • Survivor


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