Child Abuse Affects People Later In Life
by sgrup2 on March 11, 2014 - 9:51pm
Early abuse in ones life has an effect on how they deal with stressful situations. Certain individual’s reactions to stress change because they are scarred from depression. Small stressful situations could have lead to a lot of stress because when they were younger they were abused. The abuse leads to an early start of depression. Three researchers on this topic (Hammen, Henry, and Dailey) supported that woman with higher levels of problems in childhood had more depressive reactions to life’s low stress situations than woman who had fewer troubles in childhood. It had also been researched that people who experience childhood adversities are three to four times more likely to develop major depression. The symptoms of early childhood abuse may result in earlier occurrence of depression, longer durations, more severe symptoms, and a greater impairment on their life. More studies have also shown that emotional abuse surprisingly had a greater influence on an individual than physical abuse. Individuals who experienced emotional abuse had a higher rate of suicide than physically abused children. People who experience childhood trauma are also likely to experience both physical and emotional abuse. Studying the effect of both physical and emotional abuse on the same individual proved that emotional abuse had a stronger result for depression later in life.
Shapero, one of the authors of this article, wants us to see how emotional and physical abuse not only affect the child in that moment, but later on in life the child will also be scarred by the abuse. It was definitely established that childhood adversities could add up and truly destroy someone. Stress from the torture can lead to depression and every time new stress is gained, whether it is a lot or a little, the person may fall back into a depression state. This is extremely sad situation a child can be put through. Learning about child abuse and showing its affects on people may give health professionals a better understanding of where someone’s depression may have stemmed. It is definitely beneficial for people to have studied the correlation between childhood abuse and stress reactivity because it could help save people’s lives who were affected by these earlier conflicts. (Shapero, B. G., Black, S. K., Liu, R. T., Klugman, J., Bender, R. E., Abramson, L. Y., & Alloy, L. B. (2014). Stressful Life Events and Depression Symptoms: The Effect of Childhood Emotional Abuse on Stress Reactivity. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 70(3), 209-223. doi:10.1002/jclp.22011)