Experiencing Violence in Childhood Leads to Psychiatric Disorders

Mar 09 , 2018

A study has found that if a child has faced violence in childhood , he may suffer psychiatric disorders in future. When studied it was found that if children experience any traumatic event it may lead to depression and anxiety or an externalizing disorder including attention-deficit hyperactivity later in life.


As per the study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry where the research was conducted in two different neighbourhoods.More than 180 students were interviewed for the same to determine the influence of violent events happened before and of socio-economic status on the prevalence of psychiatric disorders.

Researchers at the University analyzed psychiatric disorders like that of internalizing disorders which constitute of depression, anxiety etc and externalizing disorders that include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant disorder.

22 per cent of the youths had a psychiatric disorder. Depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder were the most common diagnoses, at 9.5 per cent, and 9 per cent, respectively, followed by anxiety disorder at 6 per cent.

Almost 60 per cent of the adolescents with any diagnosis had experienced at least one violent event during their lifetime.



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