Patricia Jane | April 23, 2014 at 06:59 am
A groundbreaking new Canadian study found one-third of the population has suffered some form of “child abuse,” prompting a call for nationwide prevention measures and sparking a debate about what constitutes physical abuse.
The report, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, establishes mental-health links with both less serious forms of physical punishment – being spanked – and far more serious abuse, including severe beatings and burning. Both extremes contributed to mental-health problems, ranging from anxiety and depression to suicidal thoughts and attempts. Exposure to more than one type of abuse increased the likelihood of suffering from a mental condition. (more…)