news items – severe abuse/psychosis, abuse/chromosome damage, children’s rights, DV/abuse

This week there were many articles and studies on how abuse negatively effects children, including an increased risk of psychosis and shortening chromosomes. New information is available on the effects of torture. Other articles discuss legal battles defending children’s rights and an overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence.

Severe abuse in childhood may treble risk of schizophrenia – Research links sexual, physical and emotional abuse, school bullying and parental neglect to schizophrenia in adulthood
….Children who experience severe forms of abuse are around three times as likely to develop schizophrenia and related psychoses in later life compared with children who do not experience such abuse, according to a study that has brought together psychiatric data from almost 80,000 people.

also at:

Childhood Adversities Increase the Risk of Psychosis: A Meta-analysis of Patient-Control, Prospective- and Cross-sectional Cohort Studies

full article

Landmark Children’s Rights Case Now Before the Fifth Circuit                 

The 30-60% overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence in families indicates a need for child protection policy and practice that reflects this co-occurrence.

Y! Big Story: What the brain tells us
…. He found that compared to the average offender, 60 percent of psychopaths re-offend within the next 200 days. Maximum-security juveniles showed a similar pattern: 68 percent of individuals who were at high risk for psychopathy re-offended.

Violence ages children’s DNA, shortens their chromosomes
….Study finds that exposure to violence can cause changes in DNA leading to seven to 10 years of premature aging.

Molecular Psychiatry , (24 April 2012) | doi:10.1038/mp.2012.32
Exposure to violence during childhood is associated with telomere erosion from 5 to 10 years of age: a longitudinal study

C.I.A. Data Show 14-Year Project On Controlling Human Behavior; Data From C.I.A. Show Project on Human Behavior

Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective “torture”
Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse – May 2012 Conference
Our Healing Journey: Past, Present, Future


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