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Child Abuse Can Lead to Poor Health Outcomes

Reuters reports that new findings in the study of child abuse suggest that physical abuse can lead to poor physical health outcomes. The study was a follow-up to a previous one that showed experiencing physical abuse as a child to be linked to anxiety and depression later in life. The current findings suggest that negative later life outcomes are not limited to mental effects but rather include a greater likelihood of arthritis, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Such effects are likely caused by the “pain and inflammation from physical punishment, as well as psychological and behavioral responses to being hit.”

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Pediatrics.