24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Is the Mumps Vaccine Becoming Less Effective?Autism Now Diagnosed in 1 in Every 44 Children, CDC SaysKids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19Nearly 7% of U.S. Kids Have Had a Head Injury or ConcussionAre Your Holiday Gifts on the 'Noisy Toy List'?Many Kids, Teens Think Girls Don't Care About Computer ScienceMost Parents Say Their Kids Aren't Thankful Enough: PollPandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess WeightClimate Change May Not Increase Allergies in Kids With Asthma: StudyNearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine DoseAHA News: Family-Based Programs Targeting Childhood Obesity Can Be Good for Parents, TooCases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second WaveFace Masks Don't Hide Emotions From Kids: StudyTrauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: StudyAdult 'Picky Eaters' on What Parents Did Right and WrongWHO, CDC Warn of Measles Threat After 22 Million Infants Miss Shots During PandemicWealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: PollNearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID ShotNo Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: StudyDo Your Kids Really Need Cough & Cold Meds?AHA News: What Parents Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine For 5- to 11-Year-OldsFor Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID ShotsCDC Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger KidsWe've Been Here Before: How Polio Vaccine Rollout Saved Millions of Young LivesVaccinations for Kids Will Be in Full Swing by Nov. 8, White House SaysFDA Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11Attorneys General Warn About Pot Products That Look Like Halloween TreatsCDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest KidsFDA Advisors Approve Emergency Use of Pfizer COVID Vaccine in Kids 5 to 11Moderna Says Its COVID Vaccine Works Well in Children Aged 6 to 11Pediatricians Offer Advice on Keeping Trick-or-Treaters SafeThe No. 1 Cause of Halloween Injuries: Carving the PumpkinPfizer Vaccine Prevents 91% of Symptomatic COVID in Young Children: FDAPfizer Says Lower Dose of Its COVID Vaccine Protects Younger ChildrenWhite House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young KidsMany Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During PandemicNew Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids EarlierA High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in KidsU.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental HealthState Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: StudyNature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: StudyTwo-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: PollKids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID CoronavirusBystanders Can Make the Difference for a Drowning ChildAs COVID Cases Drop, Fauci Tells Families to Enjoy HalloweenGolf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. KidsStudy Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID PandemicSocial Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSVPfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in Younger KidsCould an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

Abuse in Childhood May Shorten Adult Lives: Study

HealthDay News
by Cara Murez
Updated: Oct 6th 2021

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse and neglect can do significant and long-lasting damage, according to a six-decade review of British data.

The analysis of records dating to the late 1950s found that children who experienced physical or sexual abuse were more likely to die early as adults.

"Our work shows the long-lasting consequences that specific types of child abuse and neglect can have. The findings are especially important because these early-life adversities are not uncommon, affecting millions of people in the U.K.," said first study author Dr. Nina Rogers. She is an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, who led the study while at University College London.

The analysis included more than 9,300 people born in 1958 who were part of a nationwide study of child development in the United Kingdom.

When they were 7 and 11 years of age, the participants' mothers and teachers were asked questions intended to indicate if youngsters showed signs of neglect.

Then, at 45 years of age, the participants were asked if they had ever experienced sexual, physical or psychological abuse, or witnessed abuse of others in their family by their 16th birthday. Participants were then followed for up to 13 years.

Of those who reported being sexually abused before age 16, the risk of death between 45 and 58 years of age was more than twice that of those who did not report sexual abuse. Those who had been physically abused were 1.7 times more likely to die in those middle years, the study found.

Those who said they were neglected children had 1.4 times higher odds for early death, and the risk was 1.9 times higher for those from low-income homes.

Psychological abuse and witnessing of abuse of others were not independently linked to higher likelihood of early death, the findings showed.

Senior author Dr. Snehal Pinto Pereira described the study as the first to tease out the links between different kinds of childhood mistreatment and early death.

"Very few studies have considered the long-term implications of experiencing neglect in childhood," said Pereira, a lecturer in population health and applied statistics at University College London. "I therefore think our finding that children who are neglected have a 43% higher risk of dying early in adulthood, highlights a critical component of child maltreatment where knowledge of long-term outcomes is particularly sparse."

The impact is significant, the researchers suggested in a university news release.

A crime survey for England and Wales estimated that one in five adults between 18 and 74 experienced at least one form of child abuse by age 16, including psychological, physical or sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse.

While the researchers said tobacco use helped explain early death in those who were abused or neglected, none of the factors reviewed, including mental health, obesity, problem drinking or illegal drug use, explained why victims of sexual abuse were likely to die earlier.

The findings were published online recently in BMJ Open.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on preventing child abuse.

SOURCE: University College London, news release, Sept. 24, 2021