Child abuse and neglect and the development of mental disorders in the general population

  title={Child abuse and neglect and the development of mental disorders in the general population},
  author={Patricia Cohen and J R Brown and E Smaile},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  pages={981 - 999}
Child abuse and neglect have repeatedly been shown to be risks for psychiatric and personality disorders. However, much of this evidence is based on retrospective reports of adults. In addition, little is known about the developmental course of psychopathology among those exposed to child maltreatment. In this study, we report mental disorders assessed from early childhood to adulthood in those later identified as victims of abuse or neglect by official or self-report. Findings show elevated… 
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