Study says that a third of all Canadians were abused as children


A University of Manitoba study says that one-third of all Canadians experienced physical or sexual abuse at home as children. The study's authors warn that child abuse is linked with mental disorders and suicide risk.

Tracie Afifi at the U. of Manitoba led the research, which included 23,395 participants via medical records and background surveys.

The study found that of those studied, over thirty-two percent of them experienced child abuse. The abuse was divided along expected gender lines, with males having more physical abuse and females more sexual abuse as children.

The study also reinforced other known factors such as the link between physical abuse and eating disorders, adult post-traumatic stress disorder being associated with both physical and sexual child abuse, and learning disabilities linked with sexual abuse.


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