A FRAMEWORK FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF YOUTH VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE TO WELLNESS
Ahanonu, Ezihe L.
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Health care professionals have been charged to demonstrate their leadership capabilities in leading youth victims of violence to wellness. However, the manner in which health care professionals can implement this responsibility remains unknown. The purpose of this research was to develop a framework for health care professionals to apply in leading youth victims of violence towards wellness after an incidence of violence at a rural community in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The design used for developing the framework was qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual. Sampling was done through purposive sampling technique. Focus group discussions were used to collect data from 58 (23 males, 35 females) youth victims of violence while unstructured individual interviews were used among 7 healthcare professionals (2 professional nurses, 3 medical doctors and 2 social workers). Sample size was determined by data saturation. Field notes were taken during data collection. Open coding was used for data analysis. Trustworthiness was maintained and ethical considerations were adhered to. Research findings revealed that youth victims of violence were concerned about the problem of violence among youth and they anticipate that health care professionals would lead them to wellness. The health care professionals acknowledged the importance of leading the youth victims to wellness and also identified the challenges they were facing. Nevertheless, both groups proposed useful strategies for leading youth victims to wellness. These findings were triangulated to develop an original participative leadership framework with information for leading youth victims of violence towards wellness.