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Physical Abuse and Depression - Neglected Children

Discussion in 'News, Politics & Debates' started by anthony, Jan 2, 2007.

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  1. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    Physically abused and neglected children are much more likely to grow into severely depressed adults, a finding that researchers said on Monday points to an urgent need to test abused children for depression early on.

    Physically abused children have a 59 percent increased risk of lifetime major depression compared with similar children who were not abused, said the study in this month's issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

    Earlier studies had linked childhood abuse with serious depression but researchers said this study is the first to show that depression is a consequence of the abuse.

    "These results underscore the need to detect and treat the long-term psychological (effects) of childhood neglect," wrote lead researcher Cathy Spatz Widom, who was with the New Jersey Medical School in Newark when she worked on the study.

    Researchers compared about 680 children who were abused and neglected before the age of 11 with 520 children of similar age, race, sex, and social status. Both groups were followed into young adulthood, up to an average age of 29.

    Children who were physically abused, neglected or both had as much as a 75 percent higher risk of suffering major depression as adults.

    "In addition, these findings reveal that onset of depression began in childhood for many of the children," the report said.

    Source: Reuters
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  3. piglet

    piglet Well-Known Member

    What irritates me is that people have to do research to accept this bloody obvious link!!!!
  4. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    Totally agree piglet... scary ha?
  5. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    Yeah it's common sense... duh.
  6. nov_silence

    nov_silence Well-Known Member

    Makes me so angry/sad that people hurt kids and then the kids struggle as they get older. Yes, I am still bitter.
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