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02 November 2010

Child sexual abuse causes psychosis

A study suggests that children who are sexually abused, especially if it involves penetration, appear to be at higher risk for developing schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders.

 An Australian study suggests that children who are sexually abused, especially if it involves penetration, appear to be at higher risk for developing schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, according to a report in Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Over a 30-year period, individuals who had experienced childhood sexual abuse had significantly higher rates than those in the comparison group of psychosis overall (2.8% vs. 1.4%) and schizophrenia disorders (1.9% vs. 0.7%).

Participants experienced abuse at an average age of 10.2, and 1,732 (63%) of cases involved penetration of a bodily orifice by a penis, finger or other object. Those exposed to this type of abuse had higher rates of psychosis (3.4%) and schizophrenia (2.4%).

 
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