Violence during pregnancy in jordan: Its prevalence and associated risk and protective factors

Cari J Clark, Allan Hill, Khelda Jabbar, Jay G. Silverman

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Abstract

This study estimates the lifetime prevalence of physical violence during pregnancy and examines risk and protective factors among women (N = 390) attending reproductive health clinics in Jordan. Approximately 15% reported physical violence during pregnancy. The husband was the sole perpetrator in 83% of the cases. A high frequency of quarreling, the husband's use of alcohol, attitudes supportive of a woman's duty to obey her husband, infrequent communication between the respondent and her family, and exposure to violence as a child increased the risk of violence. Consanguinity (marriage to a blood relative) and higher education levels were protective against violence during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)720-735
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

Keywords

  • Jordan
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk
  • Violence

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