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Partner Violence, Depression and Loneliness in Pregnant Women Living in Rural and Urban Areas

Meral Kapan, Emre Yanękkerem.

Aim: Partner violence during pregnancy has been recognized as an important health/human right issue and is associated with adverse health consequences for both fetus and woman. The aim of the study was to investigate partner violence, depression and loneliness in pregnant women living in rural and urban areas of Turkey.
Methods: This study was performed with pregnant women recruited from those making an appointment for antenatal care at two hospitals between September 2012 and February 2013 (n=600). The questionnaire contained questions about women's characteristics, Domestic Violence against Women Determination Scale, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and UCLA Loneliness Scale. Chi-square, parametric (t-test and ANOVA) and non-parametric (Mann–Whitney U-test and Kruskal–Wallis test for n

Key words: Depression during pregnancy; loneliness during pregnancy; partner violence; violence against women; violence during pregnancy; social equality.

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