Effect of intimate partner violence on postpartum women’s health in northeastern Thailand

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Title Effect of intimate partner violence on postpartum women’s health in northeastern Thailand
Author Saito, Amornrat; Creedy, Debra; Cooke, Marie Louise; Chaboyer, Wendy
Journal Name Nursing and Health Sciences
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract In the present study,we investigated the prevalence of psychological, physical, and sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner, and the effects on health status of postpartum women who gave birth at two tertiary hospitals in northeastern Thailand. Participants were recruited during pregnancy and interviewed at 6 weeks’ postpartum. Measures included the Short Form 12-Item Health Survey, Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory, and Severity of Violence againstWomen scale. Participants reported high rates of psychological abuse, threats and/or acts of physical abuse, and sexual violence.Abused postpartum women had lower well-being than non-abused women on all Short Form 12-Item Health Survey subscales, except the general health subscale. These women also had significant poorer health compared to non-abused women, in social functioning and mental health.The study findings suggest that routine screening for intimate partner violence by maternity services is urgently needed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00735.x
Volume 14
Issue Number 3
Page from 345
Page to 351
ISSN 1442-2018
Date Accessioned 2012-09-12
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47730
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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