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College of Liberal Arts

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The nine months of a pregnancy produce monumental physical and psychological changes in the pregnant woman. Past research has indicated that intimate partner abuse can occur during this time. The objective of the current study was to determine if a change in non-physical abusive behavior occurred in men as they experienced the first pregnancy of the wives, and if so, could it be measured by a particular instrument. Thirty-three men were given the Non-Physical Abuse of Partner Scale, along with a battery of other instruments throughout the course of the pregnancy, in attempt to measure change. Results indicated no significant change in these subjects from the first trimester through the third trimester. Information obtained through the study provides questions and information pertaining to the unique experience of first time fathers during a first time pregnancy.


Fathers -- Psychology.

Abuse, Emotional.