Title

Domestic violence and emotional distress among Nicaraguan women: Results from a population-based study

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Journal

American Psychologist

Volume

54

Issue

1

DOI

10.1037/0003-066X.54.1.30

Abstract

This study aimed to measure the prevalence of emotional distress among women in Leon, Nicaragua, and to identify risk factors for emotional distress, with special reference to wife abuse. A survey was performed among a representative sample of women aged 15-49. Among ever-married women, 20% were classified as experiencing emotional distress at the time of the interview, and 52% reported physical partner abuse at some point in their lives. Women reporting abuse were 6 times more likely to experience emotional distress. An estimated 70% of all cases of emotional distress found among ever-married women were attributable to wife abuse. The study underscores the need to improve screening and care for battered women within mental health services in Nicaragua.

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