Testing an intervention to prevent further abuse to pregnant women

Res Nurs Health. 1999 Feb;22(1):59-66. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1098-240x(199902)22:1<59::aid-nur7>3.0.co;2-b.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / nursing
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching Materials