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Child abuse, neglect linked to greater risk of suicide in later life

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Children who are subjected to and are at least two to three times more likely to attempt in later life, a recent study suggests.

As part of the project, researchers analysed 68 studies and revealed that attempts were three times more likely for people who experienced sexual as a child, two-and-a-half times more likely for people who experienced physical as a child, and two-and-a-half times more likely for people who experienced emotional abuse or as a child.

"Around one adult in every three has experienced abuse as a child. This study conclusively gives us solid evidence that and is associated with an increased likelihood that they will be at risk of as adults. And that has important implications for Other studies have shown that in the US, for example, the economic burden of child maltreatment is estimated to be around $124 billion," said Maria Panagioti, of the study.

The article was published in the Journal of Psychological Medicine

Explaining further, Panagioti asserted, "Current treatment for people with suicidal behaviour usually centres around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. But that assumes people will seek help themselves. This research identifies that people who are not under the care of clinicians are at risk. So, we need a new approach to identify these people and to focus our efforts on effective community intervention."

According to the team of researchers, these findings not only provided a clear picture of the connection between abuse or neglect in childhood and suicide attempts later on in life but also recognised that effective interventions should take a broader community-based approach.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:40 IST