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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.

© 1994 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists