Journal article

The Case for Early Intervention to Reduce the Impact of Intimate Partner Abuse on Child Outcomes: Results of an Australian Cohort of First-Time Mothers

Deirdre Gartland, Hannah Woolhouse, Fiona K Mensah, Kelsey Hegarty, Harriet Hiscock, Stephanie J Brown

Birth - Issues in Perinatal Care | WILEY | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Intimate partner abuse is a major contributor to death, disability, and illness in women of childbearing age, but little is known about population level impact on children. METHOD: Prospective pregnancy cohort of 1,507 first-time mothers recruited from six public hospitals in Melbourne, Australia. Follow-up included validated measures of intimate partner abuse at 1 and 4 years (Composite Abuse Scale) and child emotional and behavioral difficulties at 4 years (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire). RESULTS: Twenty-nine percent of mothers reported partner abuse in the first 4 years postpartum: 20 percent reported abuse in the first year and 21 percent at 4 years; 12 percent of ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants No. 199222, No. 433006, and No. 491205 from The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), a VicHealth Research Fellowship (SB), an ARC Future Fellowship (SB), NHMRC Career Development Fellowship No. 491205 (SB), and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship No. 1037449 (FM), a grant from the Medical Research and Technology in Victoria Fund (ANZ Trustees), and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.