Physical and psychological symptoms and learning difficulties in children of women exposed and non-exposed to violence: a population-based study
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1661-8556, E-ISSN 1661-8564, Vol. 56, no 1, 89-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To analyse the association between violence against mothers and the health of their children as reported by the mothers. Methods: The data originate from a multistage sampling health-questionnaire survey, distributed to a representative sample of women in Sweden. The health of 283 children (aged 0-18 years), as reported by women who had been exposed to violence at home or outside home during the past 12 months, was compared with that of 4,664 children of non-exposed mothers. Results: Odds ratios regarding most registered physical symptoms showed that children of violence-exposed mothers had a significant higher risk of ill health than children of non-exposed mothers. Regarding psychological symptoms and learning difficulties, the odds were raised for girls for most symptoms, but not for boys. A twofold increase in health-care utilisation and an overall general increase in the risk of pharmaceutical consumption were shown for both girls and boys of exposed mothers. Conclusions: This population-based study shows an increased risk of poorer health amongst boys and girls aged 0-18 years, as reported by mothers exposed to violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Birkhäuser Verlag, 2011. Vol. 56, no 1, 89-96 p.
violence, children, physical health, population based
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104540DOI: 10.1007/s00038-010-0165-0ISI: 000286944400012PubMedID: 20617453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104540DiVA: diva2:822443