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ISLAS-PRECIADO, Dannia; FLORES-CELIS, Karla; GONZALEZ-OLVERA, Jorge  and  ESTRADA-CAMARENA, Erika. Effect of physical and sexual violence during childhood and/or adolescence on the development of menstrual related mood disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Salud Ment [online]. 2021, vol.44, n.3, pp.145-153.  Epub Oct 04, 2021. ISSN 0185-3325.


Abuse in early life stages has been proposed as an etiological risk factor for developing menstrually-related mood disorders (MRMDs).


To evaluate whether there is a relation between the occurrence of physical and/or sexual violence in childhood and/or adolescence and the development of MRMDs in adulthood.


A systematic search was conducted in PubMed, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect, with the route (“Premenstrual Syndrome”[Mesh]) OR (“Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder”[MeSH]) AND (“Violence”[Mesh]) / (“menstrually-related mood disorders” AND “abuse”). Fifty-four articles were initially reviewed and 32 were excluded based on the criteria. Twenty-two articles were thoroughly reviewed. Finally, five articles (publication years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2007, and 2003) were included in the systematic review and submitted to a meta-analysis.


Results indicate that having been exposed to physical and/or sexual violence in childhood and/or adolescence increases 1.99 times the risk of experiencing MRMDs in adulthood in comparison with women who did not experience that type of violence (odds ratio [OR] = 1.99; 95% confidence interval [1.58, 2.51]).

Discussion and conclusion

The present work provides evidence that a woman who experienced violence through physical and/or sexual abuse during childhood and/or adolescence has a greater risk of developing MRMDs in adulthood.

Keywords : Violence; sexual abuse; physical abuse; menstrually-related mood disorders.

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