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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):274-6.

Violence during pregnancy: measurement issues.

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National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Standardized quantitative methods are needed to study occurrence and timing of violence in relation to pregnancy and to study the context in which pregnancy-related violence occurs.

METHODS:

Data from three published studies of prevalence of violence during pregnancy are used to illustrate ways to measure the association of violence in relation to pregnancy.

RESULTS:

Four patterns of violence in relation to pregnancy are identified, and related research issues are discussed. Also, 2 population-based surveys that address the suggestions presented here are discussed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Better measurement of the association between violence and pregnancy will facilitate development of data-based prevention and intervention programs.

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9491021
PMCID:
PMC1508190
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