Child abuse and the risk of sui­cide

Sunday Express - - XPLORE -

LON­DON: Chil­dren who ex­pe­ri­ence phys­i­cal, sex­ual, and emo­tional abuse are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to at­tempt sui­cide in later life, a study has found.

The anal­y­sis of 68 stud­ies by psy­chol­o­gists at the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester and Uni­ver­sity of South Wales showed that sui­cide at­tempts were three times more likely for peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual abuse as a child.

Peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced phys­i­cal abuse as a child were two and a half times more likely to at­tempt sui­cide. The re­search in Psy­cho

log­i­cal Medicine also showed that chil­dren who ex­pe­ri­enced mul­ti­ple abuse are as much as five times more likely to at­tempt sui­cide.

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