The association between ill-health and abuse: a cross-sectional population-based study
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 48, no 6, 567-575 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The lifetime prevalence of physical, sexual and psychological abuse was studied cross-sectionally in a representative sample of Swedish women. The association between the three kinds of abuse and ill-health, and the relation between magnitude of abuse and various health problems were also investigated. The Abuse Screening Inventory (ASI), measuring experiences of physical, sexual and psychological abuse and including questions on health and social situation, was sent by mail to 6,000 women, randomly selected from the population register. The questionnaire was completed and returned by 4,150 (70%) of 5,896 eligible women. Various kinds of abuse were reported by 1,142 women (27.5%). The prevalence rates were 19.4% for physical abuse, 9.2% for sexual abuse and 18.2% for psychological abuse. Abused women reported more ill-health and a less advantageous social situation than non-abused women. There was an association between magnitude of abuse and health problems. Also a low magnitude of abuse was substantially associated with ill-health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2007. Vol. 48, no 6, 567-575 p.
Abuse, anxiety, depression, somatization, health
National CategoryBasic Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14530DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00553.xISI: 000251206800014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14530DiVA: diva2:23657