Year: 1994 Source: Child Abuse & Neglect, v.18, no.5, (May 1994), p.393-399 SIEC No: 19940657

The relationship between objective & subjective definitions of physical abuse & lifetime prevalence of depression was examined in 280 women. Based on their responses to a detailed questionnaire regarding discipline & abuse in childhood, 28.2% of the sample were objectively defined as abused. The proportion of women who experienced depression during their lifetime was highest among those who defined themselves as abused. A similar relationship was found for a history of suicide attempts.