Study: Child Abuse Affects Health Decades Later

London, A study by University College London showed that people who were maltreated as children are more likely to have poor health and living standards decades later, after the researchers tracked 8,076 people born in 1958 until the age of 50.

The researchers further found that those who had been abused were 70% more likely to have long-term illnesses and to not own their homes by the age of 50 than those who had not.

In addition, they have proved that neglected children often had worse reading and math skills in adolescence than their peers; which could hamper their ability to find work and progress in the job market.

Dr Snehal Pinto Pereira, of UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, who led the research, said: “Our findings suggest that maltreated children grow up to face socio-economic disadvantage. This is important because such disadvantage could in turn influence the health of individuals affected and also that of their children.” Dr. Pereira requested that an action is needed to improve and support these abilities in neglected children.

Source: Qatar News Agency