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Abused Women Lack Preventive Healthcare

A study published in Psychiatric Services concluded that women who had a history of physical and/or sexual abuse were less likely to receive preventive healthcare than other women. Preventative healthcare was defined as having a physical examination, a Pap smear and a breast examination within the past 5 years, and a mammogram for women over 40.

The study included 47 women who were receiving treatment for serious mental illness at a single urban mental health center. Approximately one-third of the women had been raped as adults, one-half had suffered physical abused at some time in their lives, and over one-third had been sexually abused as children.

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Reuters - May 1, 1998

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