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Amelia Gavin Explores Link between Forced Intercourse and Birth Weight

Posted: 4/10/2017 (CSDE Research)

Amelia Gavin, CSDE Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Social Work at UW, recently published research examining the association between maternal early life forced sexual intercourse, offspring birth weight, and socioeconomic status. The study used a life-course framework to analyze how, if at all, early forced intercourse worked alongside adolescent health behaviors to impact birth weight. The results suggest some influence. Given underweight infants’ heightened risk of adverse conditions throughout life, the study’s findings underscore the importance of preventing behavioral risks in the first place. You can read the full study below.

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