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Childhood maltreatment linked to depression

 

16/08/2011

 

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London has found that individuals who experienced childhood maltreatment are twice as likely as those without a history of childhood maltreatment to develop both multiple and long-lasting depressive episodes.

People who have experienced maltreatment as children are twice as likely to develop both multiple and long-lasting depressive episodes as those without a history of childhood maltreatment, according to a new study. The research, led by a team at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, also found that maltreated individuals are more likely to respond poorly to pharmacological and psychological treatment for depression.

The results emerged from a combined analysis of 16 epidemiological studies involving more than 20,000 participants and of 10 clinical trials involving more than 3,000 participants. Click here for further information.