Lynda M. Sagrestano, Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Doris Carroll, Angela C. Rodriguez, and Bahij Nuwayhid, Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.
DEMOGRAPHIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND RELATIONSHIP FACTORS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING PREGNANCY IN A SAMPLE OF LOW-INCOME WOMEN OF COLOR
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2004
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 309–322, December 2004
How to Cite
Sagrestano, L. M., Carroll, D., Rodriguez, A. C. and Nuwayhid, B. (2004), DEMOGRAPHIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND RELATIONSHIP FACTORS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING PREGNANCY IN A SAMPLE OF LOW-INCOME WOMEN OF COLOR. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28: 309–322. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2004.00148.x
The research reported in this article was conducted through the generous support of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grant-in-Aid program and the University of Illinois Women's Care Clinic. Lynda M. Sagrestano was supported, in part, by the NIMH Prevention Research Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MH19933), and the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Office for Research and Development Administration Summer Research Fellowship Program. The authors would like to thank Alan Vaux, Amy Rogers, and the reviewers for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article.
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2004
- Initial submission: November 10, 2003 Initial acceptance: February 10, 2004 Final acceptance: April 13, 2004
Research suggests that a significant number of women first experience domestic violence during pregnancy. The current study examines correlates of violence during pregnancy, first by comparing women who did and did not report violence, and second examining three subgroups of women who reported violence (violence initiated, violence persisted, violence ceased). Results indicated that controlling for demographics, more frequent violence was associated with less support and satisfaction with support from the baby's father, more negative interactions with the baby's father, and more verbal aggression in their relationships than those who did not report violence. Differences among subgroups of women reporting violence emerged only for the relationship variables. Implications for detecting violence in clinical settings are discussed.