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This Month in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
April 2002

This Month in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(4):308. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.4.308

Although physical violence during pregnancy is well recognized as a public health problem, there is little information available on the prevalence and duration of violence among adolescent mothers. Harrykissoon and colleagues interviewed 570 adolescents within 48 hours of delivery and followed them for up to 24 months' post partum. One in 5 adolescent mothers reported being victims of violence by 3 months' post partum, and three quarters of mothers who had been abused prior to delivery were also abused after the birth of the child. All women should be routinely screened for intimate partner violence during pregnancy, as well as after the birth of the child.

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