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Article: The prevalence of domestic violence against pregnant women in a Chinese community

TitleThe prevalence of domestic violence against pregnant women in a Chinese community
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Domestic violence
Pregnancy
Issue Date1999
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijgo
Citation
International Journal Of Gynecology And Obstetrics, 1999, v. 66 n. 1, p. 23-30 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To study the incidence of domestic violence in pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic of a local teaching hospital. Study design: All pregnant women attending their first antenatal clinic in Tsan Yuk Hospital between 11th August and 3rd November, 1998 were interviewed by a designated research nurse (Y.Y.J.L.) using a standard questionnaire (Abuse Assessment Screen) to detect the incidence of domestic violence, the nature of violence, the frequency of violence and the perpetrator of abuse. Demographic factors of the abused group were compared with those of the non-abused group using student's t-test and chi-square test. Results: Pregnant women (631) were interviewed; 113 of them (17.9%) had a history of abuse; 99 women (15.7%) had been abused in the last year; 27 of them (4.3%) had been abused during their current pregnancy; 59 women (9.4%) had been sexually abused in the last year. The husband was the perpetrator in the majority of cases. The nature of violence during pregnancy was mainly psychological in the form of threats of abuse without any physical injury. Risk factors included unplanned pregnancy (P=0.002) and women with husbands/partners who were unemployed or manual workers (P<0.05). Unexpectedly, domestic violence occurred more commonly in permanent local residents rather than new immigrants (P<0.05). Conclusion: This is probably the first study on the incidence of domestic violence in pregnant women in a Chinese community. The incidence is comparable to that from American studies. Routine screening with structured questions during the antenatal visits is necessary in order to identify the abused women so as to prevent potential trauma and to interrupt existing abuse. Copyright (C) 1999 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87405
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, WCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, TWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, YYJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, PCen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:29:15Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:29:15Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Gynecology And Obstetrics, 1999, v. 66 n. 1, p. 23-30en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0020-7292en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87405-
dc.description.abstractObjective: To study the incidence of domestic violence in pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic of a local teaching hospital. Study design: All pregnant women attending their first antenatal clinic in Tsan Yuk Hospital between 11th August and 3rd November, 1998 were interviewed by a designated research nurse (Y.Y.J.L.) using a standard questionnaire (Abuse Assessment Screen) to detect the incidence of domestic violence, the nature of violence, the frequency of violence and the perpetrator of abuse. Demographic factors of the abused group were compared with those of the non-abused group using student's t-test and chi-square test. Results: Pregnant women (631) were interviewed; 113 of them (17.9%) had a history of abuse; 99 women (15.7%) had been abused in the last year; 27 of them (4.3%) had been abused during their current pregnancy; 59 women (9.4%) had been sexually abused in the last year. The husband was the perpetrator in the majority of cases. The nature of violence during pregnancy was mainly psychological in the form of threats of abuse without any physical injury. Risk factors included unplanned pregnancy (P=0.002) and women with husbands/partners who were unemployed or manual workers (P<0.05). Unexpectedly, domestic violence occurred more commonly in permanent local residents rather than new immigrants (P<0.05). Conclusion: This is probably the first study on the incidence of domestic violence in pregnant women in a Chinese community. The incidence is comparable to that from American studies. Routine screening with structured questions during the antenatal visits is necessary in order to identify the abused women so as to prevent potential trauma and to interrupt existing abuse. Copyright (C) 1999 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijgoen_HK
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dc.rightsInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Copyright © Elsevier Ireland Ltd.en_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectDomestic violenceen_HK
dc.subjectPregnancyen_HK
dc.titleThe prevalence of domestic violence against pregnant women in a Chinese communityen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0020-7292(99)00053-3en_HK
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