Economic Burden of Hospitalizations Associated with Child Abuse and Neglect

22 December 2010

Research spotlight finds child abuse is not just costly in terms of human suffering: it also consumes more health resources in adult life. A large community study of 3330 women found annual healthcare costs were significantly higher for women who suffered either physical or sexual childhood abuse, and more than a third higher if they had suffered both types. Extra costs ranged across mental health, emergency admissions, outpatient and pharmacy, primary and specialist care.

Care and support needs of men who survived childhood sexual abuse

1 February 2009

Research spotlight highlights the newly-issued final report of a Scottish qualitative research project: Care & Support Needs of Men who survived Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Mental Health Problems and Medically unexplained Physical Symptoms

1 January 2007

Research Spotlight reports the findings of a review by Nelson, Baldwin and Taylor (2006) on an aspect of physical health that troubles many adult survivors of sexual abuse: medically-unexplained physical symptoms.

Limited Disclosure of Sexual Abuse in Children Documented by Videotape

2 February 2006

Research spotlight challenges prejudices that children may make up, exaggerate or be influenced to tell of being sexually abused.

The Internet and Family and Acquaintance Sexual Abuse

1 February 2005

Research spotlight features an issue of great public concern, internet sexual predators. Mitchell, Finkelhor and Wolak made the unexpected research finding that though the stereotype of internet crimes is of unknown adults meeting young victims online, these were almost equalled in numbers by family members and acquaintances of the children.

Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia

1 January 2005

Research spotlight looks at an area which has sparked some interesting debates within mental health: the possible role of childhood abuse trauma in triggering psychotic illnesses. Dr John Read has been one prolific researcher in this field. Here he reviews the research literature, concluding that “researchers and clinicians should routinely ask about childhood trauma, when trying to understand or assist people diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic”.

Childhood Abuse, Neglect, and Household Dysfunction and the Risk of Illicit drug use

1 March 2003

Our research spotlight is very topical. It shows that the effects of sexual and physical abuse and other childhood traumas account for half to two-thirds of serious problems with illicit drug use. Therefore, progress in meeting national goals for reducing drug misuse need to address these common, stressful and disturbing childhood experiences.

Adverse childhood experiences, alcoholic parents and later risk of alcoholism and depression.

1 August 2002

An estimated 25 percent of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in the family. The study examined how growing up with alcoholic parents and having adverse childhood experiences are related to the risk of alcoholism and depression in adulthood.