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Risk Of Death Increased In Children Of Mothers Subjected To Domestic Violence

mortality in later stages of early childhood. According to the researchers, domestic violence may elevate mortality risk through direct injury to the fetus during pregnancy, by negatively affecting the mother’s stress and nutritional levels, or by deterring the mother from seeking appropriate health care.

“Our results underscore the need for public education and awareness programs in developing countries such as India that highlight the serious and negative consequences of domestic violence, not only for women but for their children as well. The prevention of domestic violence may be an important, but largely overlooked, intervention for improving child survival in such settings,” said Michael A. Koenig, PhD, co-author of the study and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.

“Effects of Domestic Violence on Perinatal and Early-Childhood Mortality: Evidence from North India” was written by Saifuddin Ahmed, MBBS, PhD, Michael A. Koenig, PhD and Rob Stephenson, PhD. Stephenson is with the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

The research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons or Kenna Lowe at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.

Source: Euekalert
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