Effect of Sexual and Physical Abuse on Symptom Experiences in Women With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Background: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic functional bowel disorder characterized by alterations in bowel patterns and abdominal pain. One factor that is conjectured to contribute to the onset of IBS is sexual and/or physical abuse in childhood or as an adult. This conjecture is supported by the increased prevalence of abuse experiences in persons with IBS when compared to healthy controls or those with organically-defined gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
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Heitkemper, Margaret; Jarrett, Monica; Taylor, Priscilla; Walker, Edward; Landenburger, Karen; and Bond, Eleanor F., "Effect of Sexual and Physical Abuse on Symptom Experiences in Women With Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (2001). Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Publications. 64.
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