Abused Mothers’ Mental Health

  The link to the study concerning this at OSU

This was published by HHS - what do they suggest doing about this problem? Simple solution is to NOT share custody.

HHS HealthBeat (November 01, 2010)

Abused mothers’ mental health

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Even after leaving an abusive relationship, women may still show signs of increased depression and anxiety.  A study done at Ohio State University examined the mental health of 2,400 mothers in sustained and broken relationships.

Almost half the mothers who left their abuser still had contact with them on a weekly basis.  Claire Kamp Dush is an assistant professor of human development and family study at Ohio State.

“All of the women in our study shared children with these men and so it’s likely that they continued to be abused or to at least face some sort of abuse even after the relationship ended.” (10 seconds)

The study in Social Science Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: October, 29 2010