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NCJ Number: 68659 Find in a Library
Title: BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME
Journal: ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1980)  Pages:84-91
Author(s): W APPLETON
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME, AS A PHYSICAL-PSYCHOSOCIAL ENTITY FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS, IS DISCUSSED FROM A PHYSICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE FOR ITS MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS.
Abstract: THE BATTERED WOMEN SYNDROME IS NOW RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION'S INTEREST IN THIS COMPLEX PHENOMENON IS INCREASING. A WASHINGTON STATE'S HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BATTERED WOMEN TREATED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM TO ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR DIAGNOSIS, DEFINE THERAPY, AND CONCEPTUALIZE A THEORETICAL MODEL OF THE BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME. A TOTAL OF 620 ADULT WOMEN VOLUNTEERS AND 30 ACUTELY BATTERED ADULT WOMEN WERE STUDIED DURING A 10-WEEK PERIOD. THE VOLUNTEER GROUP INDICATED THAT 35 PERCENT OF WOMEN WITH ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS HAVE HISTORIES OF BATTERY. PSYCHIATRIC HISTORY IN EITHER PARTNER, PARENTAL DIVORCE AND BATTERY, ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUG USAGE, SIGNIFICANT CRIMINAL HISTORY, MARRIAGE COUNSELING, AND DIVORCE WERE IDENTIFIED AS SIGNIFICANT CORRELATES WITH SPOUSE ABUSE. A SURVEY OF HISTORICAL AND PHYSICAL FINDINGS AND A REVIEW OF CURRENT LITERATURE ARE INCLUDED. EIGHTEEN REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault; Emergency procedures; Medicolegal considerations; Psychiatric services; Washington
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