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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2004 Mar;84(3):281-6.

Physical and sexual abuse of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China. guosufang@chinawch.org.cn

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  • Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2004 Nov;87(2):211.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine patterns of physical and sexual abuse before, during, and after pregnancy.

METHODS:

A community-based interview survey of a representative group of women with children aged 6-18 months was carried out between November 1, 2001, and February 28, 2002, in 32 communities of the Tianjing, Liaoning, Henan, and Shannxi provinces.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of physical and sexual abuse (occurring before, during, and after pregnancy) was 11.7%. The prevalence of physical and sexual abuse before pregnancy was 8.5%, compared with 3.6% during pregnancy and 7.4% during an average postpartum period of 11 months. Abuse before pregnancy was a strong indicator of abuse during pregnancy and after delivery, and abuse during a previous period was a strong indicator of subsequent abuse. Most abuse was recurrent and not severe.

CONCLUSIONS:

Routine screening for abuse in the maternity services setting is advocated to decrease the effect of abuse on women and their children.

PMID:
15001384
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2003.08.019
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