Abuse during pregnancy: Current theory and new contextual understandings

M. Kay Libbus, Linda F.C. Bullock, Teak Nelson, Linda Robrecht, Mary Ann Curry, Tina Bloom

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This study used Landenburger's theory, a process of leaving and recovering from an abusive relationship, as a framework to interview 35 pregnant women identified as being at high risk for abuse. Results are reported on 18 women who disclosed active abuse during the study. Landenburger's model was not a good fit. Our participants became trapped and endured violent relationships if they perceived this was the best situation for their unborn child. Additionally the chaos, instability, and lack of resources experienced by these women likely contributed to their inability to complete the four phases described by Landenburger's model for non-pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-938
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in mental health nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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