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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2008 Aug;21(3):164-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2008.00148.x.

Current sexual trauma among high-risk teen mothers.

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South Dakota State University, Rapid City, SD, USA.



The highest rate of reported intimate partner violence (IPV) is among women 15-45 years old (Hart & Jamieson, 2001) with 20% of pregnant teens reporting abuse (Campbell, 1999); however, little research on IPV and American Indian teen mothers has been done.


The purpose of this paper is to describe the degree of IPV and current sexual trauma among a group of Northern Plains adolescents being served by an American Indian teen mother program.


The relationship of trauma, substance abuse, and trauma symptoms are described. IPV was reported by 61% of the participants, with 37.5% reporting IPV during pregnancy and 22.5% reporting current sexual trauma.


Development and testing of interventions for American Indian teen mothers, specifically related to trauma, are needed in addition to primary mental health services by agencies caring for this population.

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