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Abuse during Pregnancy in Mexico City

Citation

Díaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia; Paz, F.; Abuabara, K.; Martínez Ayala, H. B.; Kolstad, K.; & Palermo, Tia M. (2007). Abuse during Pregnancy in Mexico City. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 97(1), 57-64.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Measure the prevalence of physical and sexual abuse during pregnancy, determine the nature and severity of abuse, and assess correlates with abuse.
METHOD: A total of 1314 women seeking prenatal care between July 2000 and January 2003 were approached at three public hospitals in Mexico City. An original composite case record form was created to measure physical and sexual abuse before and during pregnancy.
RESULT: Forty-one percent of respondents had a history of physical or sexual abuse, with current abuse reported by 11.1%, and abuse during pregnancy by 7.6%. Among abused women, 71% reported an increase in the severity of abuse since becoming pregnant. Logistic regression revealed physically fighting with a partner and a history of abuse best predict violence during pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: The severity of abuse among abused women appears to increase during pregnancy. Prenatal care visits in Mexico are an important opportunity for violence screening and intervention.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2006.10.008

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2007

Journal Title

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Author(s)

Díaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia
Paz, F.
Abuabara, K.
Martínez Ayala, H. B.
Kolstad, K.
Palermo, Tia M.