Child maltreatment linked to mental and physical health disorders in later life

(Medical Xpress)—Child physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect is linked to mental health disorders, drug use, suicide attempts, sexually transmitted infections and risky sexual behaviour in adulthood, according to a study by researchers at The University of Queensland (UQ).

The researchers, led by Dr Rosana Norman from UQ's School of and Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, also found evidence that child maltreatment increased the risk of and life-style risk factors such as smoking in later life.

The authors, who also included researchers from the , reviewed all published studies that included health outcomes for individuals who had been physically or emotionally abused or neglected in childhood.

Most of the 124 studies included in their analysis were from high income countries (Western Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand) but only 16 studies used a prospective design in which researchers followed abused or neglected children over time to identify later health outcomes.

They found that individuals who had been emotionally abused as children were about three times more likely to develop depression, while individuals who had been physically abused or neglected were one-and-a-half to two times more likely to develop depression than people who had not been abused or neglected.

Researchers also established a link between , drug abuse, and suicidal behaviour and childhood abuse.

They also found that children who had been maltreated had a higher risk of sexually transmitted infections and/or risky sexual behaviour as adults than people who had not experienced abuse.

Dr Norman said the evidence suggests a between non-sexual child maltreatment and a range of mental disorders.

She said the study confirms that all forms of child maltreatment should be considered important risks to health with a sizeable impact on major contributors to the burden of disease in all parts of the world.

"The awareness of the serious long-term consequences of child maltreatment should encourage better identification of those at risk and the development of effective interventions to protect children from violence," she said.

More information: www.plosmedicine.org/article/i… journal.pmed.1001349

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freethinking
1.6 / 5 (7) Nov 28, 2012
I wonder what is meant by Risky sexual behaviours? Does that include homosexual sex? If so, then doesn't abuse lead to homosexuality?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Nov 28, 2012
I wonder what is meant by Risky sexual behaviours? Does that include homosexual sex? If so, then doesn't abuse lead to homosexuality?
Humans are tropical animals which have spent the greater part of a million years evolving in an environment of chronic overpopulation and the resulting intertribal conflict. This was not natural evolution. It gave rise to distinctly unnatural selection based on the need for quick thinkers, capable communicators, cooperators, and skillful toolmakers and warriors.

Children born into this environment would have been under scrutiny from day one. Were they the legitimate offspring of warriors and leaders? Were they defective in any way? Did they look right - smell right - act right - fit in?

If not then we could expect them to be severely ostracized. Infanticide was rife in the pagan world. Gehenna was filled with little corpses. Rites of passage were often fatal. These behaviors were selected for and have become genetic.
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TheGhostofOtto1923
3.9 / 5 (14) Nov 28, 2012
Many species have ways dealing with overpopulation. Rabbits will absorb fetuses rather than bear them into overcrowded warrens. Human mothers have control of fetal development through epigenetic expression, and this may explain homosexuality.

Perhaps mothers can effectively neuter offspring in the womb in response to perceived overcrowding. These offspring can still contribute to supporting the family without providing direct competition for reproductive rights.

There is a higher instance of homosexuality in younger brothers. Could this be because mothers want to limit repro rights to their firstborn, whom they perceive has the right genes and who will reach maturity sooner?

Gay younger brothers can still contribute to supporting the family while not threatening the bloodline during times of limited resources and enhanced competition.

In restrictive societies gays can still, and often will, get married and procreate. 'There are no homosexuals in iran.' ahmedijinehad.
gwrede
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 28, 2012
I'm depressed about the previous comments. Or was it my childhood?
freethinking
1.5 / 5 (6) Nov 28, 2012
So if normal families (1 father 1 mother) are encouraged and strenghted, then there would be fewer children who suffer child abuse. The fewer children who suffer child abuse would lead to fewer homosexuals.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Nov 28, 2012
So if normal families (1 father 1 mother) are encouraged and strenghted, then there would be fewer children who suffer child abuse. The fewer children who suffer child abuse would lead to fewer homosexuals.
Yeah your religionist proclivities are telling you that gaydom is unnatural. I have given you a convincing explanation of how it is NATURAL. Your religions - all religions including amahadijinamods - abhor ANY form of non-procreative sex because it does not assist in increasing the flock.

Maximizing growth is how all the religions today have SURVIVED, by outgrowing those around them and OVERRUNNING them.

Fewer children born would lead to the conditions where fewer children would suffer abuse. Forcing people to bear children they didnt intend to have, and cannot support, results in child abuse.

How exactly do you reach the idiot conclusion that abuse causes homosexuality again? You just assume that its the result of damage. A 'mental and physical health disorder.' Correct?
obama_socks
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 02, 2012
"Fewer children born would lead to the conditions where fewer children would suffer abuse. " -Blotto

--You seem to be saying that if ALL the heterosexual couples in the world limited their family to only ONE CHILD, that abuse on the child such as incest would either be fewer or never occur? That has to be one of the stupidest and unrealistic things you've ever said, Blotto.

"Forcing people to bear children they didnt intend to have, and cannot support, results in child abuse." -Blotto

Western civilization does not FORCE women to have children, whether or not they can support them. Single or married Welfare mothers pop out babies with no thought to how they're supported. Why don't you start a campaign to prevent these Welfare mothers from overpopulating the Earth with their spawn...or is that counter to your Liberal views? Liberalism is a MENTAL disorder.

"How exactly do you reach the idiot conclusion that abuse causes homosexuality again?" -Blotto

Let's see... (cont'd)

TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Dec 02, 2012
--You seem to be saying that if ALL the heterosexual couples in the world limited their family to only ONE CHILD, that abuse on the child such as incest would either be fewer or never occur?
Naw you only think this is what I meant because you dont think very well. Hey if we had your idea of zero growth, which according to you requires zero birth, then we would soon eliminate child abuse altogether wouldn't we?
Western civilization does not FORCE women to have children, whether or not they can support them. Single or married Welfare mothers pop out babies with no thought to how they're supported.
Well we could wish upon them whatever affliction it is which caused you to suffer - what was it? - 5 'miscarriages'. Wasn't that you? I could be wrong. Maybe some serial aborter who used to post here.
obama_socks
1.7 / 5 (6) Dec 02, 2012
uh - how about pedophile priests, ministers, rabbis and other clergy, and even politicians and professionals who rape young boys and those boys grow up to be homosexual? How about Jerry Sandusky of Penn State U. who raped young boys at every chance? Do you think the rapes haven't affected the boys psychologically and could cause them to seek sex with homosexuals due to their diminished sense of self-respect and self-worth? Do you think that young boys raped by pedophiles/perverts become the high school jocks who get all the girls?
Craig Claiborne wrote his autobiography that revealed how he had become a homosexual. His mother ran a boarding house and he was made to sleep in the same bed with his father. He discovered his father's genitals and thereafter had sex with his own father. Had he never slept in the same bed with his father, he might never have become homosexual. But he did.
So, you really are unaware of many things, Blotto. The real world is different from YOUR own world.
obama_socks
1.7 / 5 (6) Dec 02, 2012
Still the conspiracy theorist, Blotto? Oh yes, the zero growth thing. So you're still thinking of that, eh? Your brain seems to be growing some moss...which is not too surprising.
The topic of this thread is,,,let's see...child-maltreatment -linked-mental-physical.
Well...nothing there about "zero growth". That means you're in the wrong thread again, Blotto. LOL
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.8 / 5 (16) Dec 03, 2012
Nothing about homosexuality either you moron. You obviously get your science knowledge from the national enquirer.
Well...nothing there about "zero growth". That means you're in the wrong thread again, Blotto. LOL
I think it is useful to remind people of what a stump your intellect is. Should I make a list? Might be worthwhile. 'the evolution of pirouette/pussytard/russkiye/Ritchieguy/obamasucks and their whole demented household'. You know, fake ufologizing/farming/nursing/communizing/NASA rovering/engineering.
ziphead
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 03, 2012
Nothing about homosexuality either you moron. You obviously get your science knowledge from the national enquirer.
Well...nothing there about "zero growth". That means you're in the wrong thread again, Blotto. LOL
I think it is useful to remind people of what a stump your intellect is. Should I make a list? Might be worthwhile. 'the evolution of pirouette/pussytard/russkiye/Ritchieguy/obamasucks and their whole demented household'. You know, fake ufologizing/farming/nursing/communizing/NASA rovering/engineering.


Amusing as it may be... why do you entertain this individual??
freethinking
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 04, 2012
Otto, homosexual sex IS not normal or healthy sex. Religion has nothing to do with it.

Homosexuals are, statistically speaking, more prone to have been sexually abused as children, tend to be more violent, more abusive towards others, have significantly more sexual partners, engage is high risk sexual activities (if homosexuals sex is not risky enough) have a higher risk of drug and alchole abuse than heterosexuals. They also have a significantly higher chance of being a pedophile, and Homosexual pedophiles tend to abuse more children than hetrosexual pedophiles.

IF you practice Homosexual sex, you face many more serious health risks including AIDS (which is almost exclusively a Homosexual, and drug abuser (and unfortunately their partners) disease), anal cancers, etc. etc.

TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Dec 04, 2012
I'm not arguing with you little godder. There is a lot less about modern society that is 'normal' than you might think. Human overpopulation is not normal. It is the reason for war, and war is not normal. Animals have developed all sorts of what you might call 'perversions' in order to cope with overpopulation. It is not normal to eat your young or dissolve your unborn fetus.

Similarly it would be abnormal to neuter your child in the womb if there was unlimited room to propagate, and unlimited partners with which to do so. But this has never been the case with humans except perhaps for ghengis khan.

You fail to appreciate WHY religions abhor non-procreative sex. They simply need to grow faster than their enemies who are trying to do the same thing. Can you see how ruinous this is? Western society is doing anything and everything to limit growth. You religionists are not helping one bit.

Remember the last time god depopulated the planet? You want that to happen again?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Dec 04, 2012
Your religion is very clever and very pragmatic at a very fundamental level, about homosexuality. Your lovegod is obviously patterned on a gay man. His mom gave birth without the insult of copulation with a MAN. Your church graciously provides places for monks and nuns and seminarians to live their lifestyles in seclusion. Celibacy is a convenient sham.

And who better to provide a loyal cadre of dedicated servants, grateful for the opportunity to leave the oppression of their communities? And how better to remove this disruptive influence on communities which should be propagating at the maximum rate?

Religions accept the Inevitability of gays and puts them to Good Use. Everything beautiful in its Own Time. Again, more obvious evidence that your religion was designed by People. Very Clever People.
Patricia68
1 / 5 (1) Dec 06, 2012
Your homophobic comments are beyond the pale. This article does NOT even mention homosexuality. Geez.
freethinking
3 / 5 (4) Dec 07, 2012
Patrica why are progressives such hypocrites. They call those speaking the truth as homophobic, yet who is more homophobic? One who tells those who practice the Homosexual lifestyle that it is normal, safe, and healthy, when it isnt, or someone who tells the truth?

People like you are homophobic. I respect those who practice the homosexual lifestyle enough to treat them like adults. Do you think those who practic the homosexual lifestyle too dumb, too sensitive, too beneith you, to tell them the truth?

Why do you hate homosexuals so much? Why do you hate those that speak truth so much?

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