Later Effects of Psychological Abuse During Pregnancy

Deborah Cowley, MD


Journal Watch. 2010;30(19) 

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This study used a self-report scale, not DSM-IV diagnoses, to assess depressive symptoms postpartum, and several confounders (e.g., low levels of education and social support) were associated with both partner violence and postnatal depression. Nevertheless, these results underscore the importance of asking pregnant women about intimate partner violence, including psychological abuse, which often receives less attention than physical or sexual violence.


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