Journal article

Intimate partner violence and maternal mental health ten years after a first birth: An Australian prospective cohort study of first-time mothers

Stephanie J Brown, Fiona Mensah, Rebecca Giallo, Hannah Woolhouse, Kelsey Hegarty, Jan M Nicholson, Deirdre Gartland

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and maternal mental health ten years after a first birth METHODS: 1507 first-time mothers completed questionnaires at 3, 6, 12 and 18 months postpartum and 4 and ten years post the index birth. Exposure to IPV was assessed using the Composite Abuse Scale at 1, 4 and ten years. Standardised measures of depressive (CES-D), anxiety (BAI) and post-traumatic stress symptoms (PCL-C) were completed at ten-year follow-up. RESULTS: One in three (34%) women experienced IPV between the birth of their first child and their child turning 10. For the one in six women (18.6%) who experienced IPV in the year prior to ten..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by project grants #199222, #433006 and #491205 from The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (FM), and an NHMRC Research Fellowship (SB) and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. The funding organisations had no involvement in the conduct of the study, and the authors are independent of the funding sources. All authors had access to the study data and were responsible for the decision to submit the paper for publication.