Physical, sexual and emotional abuse in childhood may influence the development of adult diseases, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Over 9,500 participants completed a detailed questionnaire asking about exposure to childhood abuse and household dysfunction, and the medical records of each participant were evaluated for major health risk factors.
Victim of psychological (insults or threats), physical (pushing, slapping, hitting), or sexual (any form) abuse.
Witnessed substance abuse, mental illness, violence or criminal behavior in the household.
Adult Health Risks
Depression or attempted suicide
Drug or alcohol abuse
Diagnosed with cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, or chronic bronchitis/emphysema.
A strong relationship was found between the number of childhood exposures and the number of health risk factors.
Eighty-six percent of the participants who reported exposure to four or more categories of childhood exposure had at least one risk factor as adults: 56% of those with no childhood exposures had no risk factors.
Child abuse is an atrocity that can have lifelong effects on physical and emotional health and well-being. If you suspect child abuse, report it to the proper authorities immediately.
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