Association between intergenerational violence exposure and maternal age of menopause

Holly Foster, John Hagan, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Jess Garcia

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether maternal violence exposure personally and through her child is associated with an earlier age of menopause, controlling for covariates. METHODS: Analyses used merged data from two related sources. Although mothers (n = 1,466) were interviewed in 1995 and then 20 years later (2015-17), their children were interviewed in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health repeatedly (Waves 1-4, 1994/5 to 2008-2009). Mothers reported their own age of menopause, and mothers and adolescents each reported their own exposure to violence as children and adults. RESULTS: A mother's own childhood physical abuse (b = -1.60, P < .05) and her child's sexual abuse (b = -1.39, P < .01) both were associated with an earlier age of menopause. Mothers who were physically abused in childhood and have a child who experienced regular sexual abuse reached menopause 8.78 years earlier than mothers without a history of personal abuse or abuse of their child. CONCLUSIONS: Our study is the first to find that age of natural menopause is associated with intergenerational violence exposures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-292
Number of pages9
JournalMenopause (New York, N.Y.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 14 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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