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NCJ Number: NCJ 241672     Find in a Library
Title: Prospective Investigation of Physical Health Outcomes in Abused and Neglected Children: New Findings From a 30-Year Follow-Up
Author(s): Cathy S. Widom, Ph.D. ; Sally J. Czaja, Ph.D. ; Tyrone Bentley, M.D. ; Mark S. Johnson, M.D.
  Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:102  Issue:6  Dated:June 2012  Pages:1135 to 1144
Date Published: 06/2012
Page Count: 10
  Annotation: This study investigated the physical health outcomes of abused and neglected children as they progressed into adulthood.
Abstract: Findings from this study on the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect on the health outcomes of the children as they progressed into adulthood include the following: childhood physical abuse predicted increased risk for malnutrition, lower albumin levels, higher blood urea nitrogen levels, above normal hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) levels, indicating increased risk for diabetes, and increased risk for heart disease; childhood sexual abuse predicted increased risk for malnutrition, but no significant effect on risk for hepatitis C and HIV; and childhood neglect predicted increased levels of HbA1C, lower levels of albumin. Additional findings are presented for the effect of factors such as socioeconomic status, adult socioeconomic status, unhealthy behaviors, smoking, and mental health problems on the health outcomes of adults who had experienced childhood abuse and neglect. Data for the study were obtained from a sample of children (n = 908) who were involved in substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect and were evaluated between 1967 and 1971. In the initial phase of the study, the medical status of the abused children was compared to that of a control group of non-abused children. Follow-up medical information was obtained from participants between 2003 and 2005. After adjusting for race, gender, and age, analyses were conducted to determine the effects of childhood maltreatment on measures of health outcomes for the participants. The findings suggest that experiences of childhood abuse and neglect lead to increased risk for diabetes, lung disease, malnutrition, and vision problems as abused children progress into adulthood. Study limitations are discussed. 3 tables, 1 figure, and 49 references
Main Term(s): Long term health effects of child abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse ; Child welfare ; Abused children ; Longitudinal studies ; Children at risk ; Abused-nonabused child comparisons ; Adults molested as children ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Assessment (child health and welfare)
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Health and Human Services
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
United States of America

National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
United States of America

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
United States of America
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0033;89-IJ-CX-0007;HD40774;MH49467;MH58386;DA17842;DA10060;AA09238;AA11108
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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