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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. marylou_mylant@sdstate.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

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.

METHOD:

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.

FINDINGS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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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