Testing an intervention to prevent further abuse to pregnant women

Barbara Parker, Judith McFarlane, Karen Soeken, Conception Silva, Sally Reel

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Although violence against women is recognized as a major public health problem, few interventions have been developed to reduce abuse. In this study, 132 pregnant women received three counseling sessions that were designed to reduce further abuse. A comparison group of 67 abused women were offered wallet-sized cards listing community resources for abuse. Women in both groups were followed at 6 months and 12 months post-delivery. Using repeated measures MANCOVA with entry scores as a covariate, we found significantly less violence reported by women in the intervention group than by women in the comparison group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999


  • Abuse in pregnancy
  • Intervention studies
  • Longitudinal research
  • Nursing intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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