Intergenerational impacts of family violence: Mothers and children in a large prospective pregnancy cohort study

Intergenerational impacts of family violence: Mothers and children in a large prospective pregnancy cohort study

1 October 2019

This article adds to what is known about the intergenerational impact of family violence and child abuse.

This article has been published in the EClinicalMedicine journal.

It presents findings from a study following a sample of pregnant women in Victoria over four years. The study investigated the women's experience of abuse and violence, and its impact on their health and the wellbeing of their children.

The study found that violence and abuse are widespread in the lives of new mothers, with almost one in three reporting intimate partner violence during pregnancy or the first few years of motherhood.

It also found multiple forms of violence were associated with the greatest negative impacts:

  • mothers experienced both childhood abuse and intimate partner violence were the most likely to report poor health and wellbeing
  • children whose mothers experienced both childhood abuse and intimate partner violence were the most likely to have emotional/behavioural difficulties.

Access the article via the journal website.

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