Correlates of in-law conflict and intimate partner violence against chinese pregnant women in hong kong

Ko Ling Edward Chan, Agnes Tiwari, Daniel Y T Fong, Wing Cheong Leung, Douglas A. Brownridge, Pak Chung Ho

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This study examines correlates of in-law conflict with intimate partner violence (IPV) against pregnant women in a cohort of Chinese pregnant women who visited antenatal clinics in Hong Kong. This was a territory-wide, cross-sectional study of 3,245 pregnant women recruited from seven hospitals in Hong Kong. Participants were invited to complete the Chinese Abuse Assessment Screen and a demographic questionnaire. About 9% of the pregnant women reported having been abused by their partners in the preceding year. In-law conflict was the characteristic most significantly associated with preceding-year abuse against pregnant women, after controlling for covariates. Findings underscore the need to obtain information on in-law conflict as a risk factor for IPV. In-law conflict should be included in the assessment of risk for IPV. For the prevention of IPV, family-based intervention is needed to work with victims as well as in-laws.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • In-law conflict
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Pregnancy and violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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