Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Black Women More Likely to Report Partner Abuse: Common Screening Question Not Useful

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Black Women More Likely to Report Partner Abuse: Common Screening Question Not Useful

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WASHINGTON -- A commonly asked safety screening question failed to detect a large percentage of women who had reported abuse in a study conducted at a Wisconsin family practice clinic, Robert L. Peralta, Ph.D., said during a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

But African American women appeared to be more forthcoming. They reported abuse at three times the rate of other women in the study, said Dr. Peralta of the department of justice, law, and society at American University, Washington.

A total of 399 women completed a survey in this study. Of these, 64% were white, 27.8% were African American, and 8.2% described themselves as belonging to other racial groups. Using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies--Depression (CESD) scale, 23.4% were classified as depressed within the past 90 days. By self-report, 40.1% never drank alcohol, 46.2% averaged one to three alcoholic drinks weekly, and 13.6% averaged four or more drinks a week. …

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