Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict

Yvonne Campbell Ulrich, Laura Smith McKenna, Christine King, Doris W. Campbell, Josephine Ryan, Sara Torres, Patricia Price Lea, Mary Medina, Mary A. Garza, Versie Johnson-Mallard, Karen Landenberger, Jacquelyn C Campbell

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Experts evaluating evidence of the occurrence and effects of abuse before, during, and after pregnancy have called for research on the context within which violence occurs. This study elicited postpartum mothers' perceptions of roles and conflict in their abusive intimate relationships. Thirty newly delivered African-, Anglo-, and Hispanic-American abused mothers consented to be interviewed. While ethnicity, cultural norms, and economic issues framed their descriptions, more than half (57%) described their relationships as not abusive even though they reported experiencing behaviors defined as abuse on standardized abuse screening instruments. Several women found ways to take care of themselves within the abusive relationship. The concerns that these diverse abused postpartum mothers expressed can serve as a foundation for the development of culturally sensitive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-343
Number of pages20
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume27
Issue number4
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StatePublished - May 1 2006

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Ulrich, Y. C., McKenna, L. S., King, C., Campbell, D. W., Ryan, J., Torres, S., ... Campbell, J. C. (2006). Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict. Health Care for Women International, 27(4), 324-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399330500511733

Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict. / Ulrich, Yvonne Campbell; McKenna, Laura Smith; King, Christine; Campbell, Doris W.; Ryan, Josephine; Torres, Sara; Lea, Patricia Price; Medina, Mary; Garza, Mary A.; Johnson-Mallard, Versie; Landenberger, Karen; Campbell, Jacquelyn C.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 27, No. 4, 01.05.2006, p. 324-343.

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Ulrich, YC, McKenna, LS, King, C, Campbell, DW, Ryan, J, Torres, S, Lea, PP, Medina, M, Garza, MA, Johnson-Mallard, V, Landenberger, K & Campbell, JC 2006, 'Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict', Health Care for Women International, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 324-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399330500511733
Ulrich YC, McKenna LS, King C, Campbell DW, Ryan J, Torres S et al. Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict. Health Care for Women International. 2006 May 1;27(4):324-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399330500511733
Ulrich, Yvonne Campbell ; McKenna, Laura Smith ; King, Christine ; Campbell, Doris W. ; Ryan, Josephine ; Torres, Sara ; Lea, Patricia Price ; Medina, Mary ; Garza, Mary A. ; Johnson-Mallard, Versie ; Landenberger, Karen ; Campbell, Jacquelyn C. / Postpartum mothers' disclosure of abuse, role, and conflict. In: Health Care for Women International. 2006 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 324-343.
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