Childhood maltreatment is tied to depression later in life

08/14/2011 | Reuters

A meta-analysis of 26 studies found that people who had been maltreated as children were twice as likely to suffer persistent and recurrent depression compared with those who didn't have such childhood experiences. The findings suggest a need for early intervention and methods to prevent childhood maltreatment in order to curb the major global health problem, said the lead researcher of the study, which appears in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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