Monday, December 5, 2011

Abuse Changes a Child's Brain

fMRI tudies at the University College of London: The brains of children raised in violent families resemble the brains of soldiers exposed to combat. As adults, children who were abused in childhood tend to exhibit high levels of aggression, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral problems. Exposure to family violence is estimated to impact a significant minority of children (physical abuse range from 4% to 16%). Intimate partner violence affects between 8% and 25% of children.

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