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)

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I like the fact that you established very clearly the link between child abuse and adult stress and depression. The study you talk about in your post shows that the past of a person influences what he or she becomes. For that reason I think that people who were abused as a child need to seek help from a specialist. It is important that they talk about it if they don't want to spend the rest of their life with that stress. The organisation ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) works to help these people. On their web site, there is a section called Types of Child Abuse. I recommend you read it because it explains the effects of the different types of abuse when the person gets older. For example, children that were abuse emotionally have difficulties in engaging in relationships.

Great summary! The topic you approach is my topic of choice in my Newsactivism class. It is a topic which interests me very much, thank you for posting on this. As a matter of a fact, the impacts of child abuse follow the victim forever. A study by Carter and Dalla (2006) even found that there is a strong occurrence of child abuse history in women who enter prostitution, which is a horrible consequence of child abuse in women. This is a great example of how child abuse can affect people later in life. If you wish to consult the article, the citation is below. I hope you read it because if the topic interests you, this could interest you as well!

Carter, D. J., Dalla, R.L. (2006) Transactional Analysis Case Report: Street-Level Prostituted Women as Mental Health Care Clients. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 13, 95-119. doi: 10.1080/10720160600586424

Great summary! The topic you approach is my topic of choice in my Newsactivism class. It is a topic which interests me very much, thank you for posting on this. As a matter of a fact, the impacts of child abuse follow the victim forever. A study by Carter and Dalla (2006) even found that there is a strong occurrence of child abuse history in women who enter prostitution, which is a horrible consequence of child abuse in women. This is a great example of how child abuse can affect people later in life. If you wish to consult the article, the citation is below. I hope you read it because if the topic interests you, this could interest you as well!

Carter, D. J., Dalla, R.L. (2006) Transactional Analysis Case Report: Street-Level Prostituted Women as Mental Health Care Clients. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 13, 95-119. doi: 10.1080/10720160600586424

You have written about an interesting and well researched topic so you have successfully provided knowledgeable information. Childhood abuse is a topic that I have spent fairly a lot of time researching and I know that depression is the main mental illness that victims deal with in the long-run. I have found an article that focuses on the long-term effects of childhood abuse. The article will be posted at the end. The article contains sections on the most likely effects of child abuse. The authors focus on the negative outcomes that affect a victim’s physical and emotional well-being. It mentions that victims who have been exposed to violence at a young age can develop head trauma, impaired brain development and an overall poor physical health. As for the emotional effects, victims can have difficulties interacting with others thus developing social difficulties. Some victims may develop drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, the article mentions possible behavior issues that can develop in a victims adult years.

In Montreal, we have a center called “Montreal Assault Prevention Center” that has over 87,000 children that have participated in child abuse prevention workshops in addition to thousands of teachers and parents that have learned several ways to prevent child abuse.
Here is a link to the center’s website: http://cpamapc.org/en/

Article: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/long_term_consequences.pdf

I find the studies you are talking very interesting because I've been doing several researches on depression and haven’t read about this specific subject yet. Also, I am currently reading a book on the effects of depression later in life which pretty much links to your article. You give a lot of great facts but no possible solution to treat depression for people that have been abused as a child. In this article, http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200305/child-abuse-and-depression , the author basically explains the link between child abuse and depression and also gives great actions to do to curb the legacy of abuse.

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