Prevalence of physical and sexual assault in pregnant adolescents

Abbey Berenson, Virginia V. San Miguel, Gregg S. Wilkinson

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Few studies have addressed the prevalence of violence among pregnant adolescents. We interviewed 342 pregnant teenagers 17 years of age or younger for a history of assault; 9% reported physical assault, 8% sexual assault, and 8% both physical and sexual assault. Of those physically abused, 40% had been hit during pregnancy. The most common perpetrator of physical assault was a member of their family of origin as compared to a mate (46% versus 33%), although a boyfriend or spouse was the attacker in 80% of cases in which abuse had increased during pregnancy. The face or neck was the most common site of contact. A total of 14% reported being hit in the abdomen, one-third of them while pregnant. We conclude that a significant proportion of pregnant teenagers have experienced violence and therefore should be screened routinely for a history of abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-469
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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  • Physical abuse Sexual abuse Child abuse Battering Adolescent pregnancy Teen pregnancy

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Prevalence of physical and sexual assault in pregnant adolescents. / Berenson, Abbey; San Miguel, Virginia V.; Wilkinson, Gregg S.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 13, No. 6, 1992, p. 466-469.

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Berenson, Abbey ; San Miguel, Virginia V. ; Wilkinson, Gregg S. / Prevalence of physical and sexual assault in pregnant adolescents. In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 1992 ; Vol. 13, No. 6. pp. 466-469.
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