Relationship of adolescent physical and sexual abuse to perimenstrual symptoms (PMS) in adulthood

  • Koci A
  • Strickland O
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Abstract

Research is lacking regarding adolescent physical and sexual abuse and perimenstrual symptoms (PMS). This study examined the relationship between adolescent physical and sexual abuse and PMS in adult women. Secondary data analysis of a longitudinal study of a community sample of 568 women (35% underrepresented ethnicities), using the database "Nursing Assessment of PMS: Neurometric Indices," was performed. History of both adolescent physical abuse and sexual abuse was significantly associated with PMS in adulthood. Women with a history of adolescent physical and sexual abuse had significantly more severe PMS patterns with more dysphoria than women without abuse.

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Authors

  • Anne Koci

  • Ora Strickland

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