Mental health effects of child maltreatment may surface later in life
Mental Health Childhood Abuse Adverse Childhood Experiences

Mental health effects of child maltreatment may surface later in life

Jocelyn Tourtellotte
Jocelyn Tourtellotte

In 10 seconds? Maltreatment during childhood increases the risk of diagnosis with a mental health disorder after the age of 38, even without a prior history of mental health disorders, researchers have found.

What “counts” as child maltreatment? Maltreatment during childhood is quantified by counting the type and/or the number of 'adverse childhood experiences' (ACEs). Periods of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as physical and emotional neglect, are considered types of ACEs.


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