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NCJ Number: 222047 Find in a Library
Title: Childhood and Adult Abuse Among Women in Primary Health Care: Effects on Mental Health
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:August 2003  Pages:924-941
Author(s): Bonnie E. Carlson; Louise-Anne McNutt; Deborah Y. Choi
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined a sample of abused women participating in an evaluation of a domestic violence screening intervention in a primary health care setting.
Abstract: Physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse were found to be common experiences in the women comprising this primary health care sample. The findings are consistent with a cumulative effect of abuse on depression and anxiety over the life span. The findings have important implications for intervention. Because childhood, past adult, and recent abuse among women are very common and even low levels are associated with current anxiety and depression, it is important for health and mental health workers to obtain a thorough abuse history because of the possible cumulative effects of abuse. Intimate partner abuse has increasingly become a focus of concern among mental health professionals. Intimate partner abuse is defined as encompassing physical violence, emotional or psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. In an attempt to determine whether different types and levels of abuse result in unique mental health effects or more generally increase risk of psychopathology, this study investigated seven types of childhood and adult abuse and different levels of severity in relation to depression and anxiety. The study consisted of 557 women who participated in an evaluation of an intervention to screen women for domestic violence in a Northeast community health setting. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Child abuse; Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault prevention; Female victims; Females; Healthcare; Mental health; Psychological evaluation
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