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Abuse During Pregnancy: Effects on Maternal Complications and Birth Weight in Adult and Teenage Women.

PARKER, BARBARA PhD; McFARLANE, JUDITH DrPH; SOEKEN, KAREN PhD
Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 1994
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Objective: To determine the incidence of physical and sexual abuse in a sample of adult and teen pregnant women and to determine the effect of abuse on birth weight.

One thousand two hundred three African-American, Hispanic, and white urban female residents were screened for abuse on their first prenatal visit and in the second and third trimesters. Infant birth weight was obtained by record review.

(C) 1994 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists