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Contracept Fertil Sex. 1997 Feb;25(2):159-64.

[Marital violence after birth].

[Article in French]

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INSERM Unité 149, Villejuif.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose was to estimate the prevalence of marital violence during the year after childbirth in France.

METHODS:

a survey has been carried out in three maternity units among primipara and secondipara women in 1993-1994. The women were interviewed in the three days after the delivery and they received a postal questionnaire 5 and 12 months later. The analysis includes 706 women.

RESULTS:

the prevalence of marital violence during the 12 months after childbirth is equal to 4.1% (2.6%-5.6%). This percentage is higher among women living an unstable relationship with their partner or when the partner has not a job. These women who reported marital violence had a higher prevalence of previous miscarriage. They used more often psychotropic drugs and reported more often depressive symptoms than the other women.

CONCLUSION:

physicians may be helpful by listening and counseling these women who receive low emotional and social support.

PMID:
9116777
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