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Partner, workplace, and stranger abuse during pregnancy in Germany.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20708182     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence, perpetrators, sociodemographic correlates, and health impacts of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse during pregnancy among women attending a maternity ward in Germany.
METHODS: A written questionnaire was given to pregnant women in a maternity ward of a university hospital in Munich. Abuse during pregnancy was assessed using the Abuse Assessment Screen.
RESULTS: Of 552 women, 401 completed the questionnaire for a response rate of 72.6%. The prevalence of psychological, physical, or sexual abuse during pregnancy by any perpetrator was 6.7% (n = 27); the main perpetrators were women's partners and work colleagues. After controlling for the effect of age, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse during pregnancy was significantly associated with a history of abuse, low education level of the woman and the father of her child, short relationship duration, unintended pregnancy, financial problems caused by the pregnancy, having more than 3 children, and insufficient social support. Women who reported abuse during pregnancy were significantly more likely to smoke and to have adverse maternal health outcomes.
CONCLUSION: Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse during pregnancy was experienced by 1 in 15 women who attended a maternity ward in Munich and adversely affected maternal health outcomes.
Heidi Stöckl; Linda Hertlein; Klaus Friese; Doris Stöckl
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-05     Completed Date:  2011-03-30     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status
Germany / epidemiology
Interpersonal Relations
Middle Aged
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy, Unwanted
Sex Offenses*
Smoking / epidemiology
Social Support
Spouse Abuse*
Young Adult
Grant Support
G0802699//Medical Research Council

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