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Child Abuse and Psychiatric Illness

  • Joan Kaufman
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    Address correspondence to Joan Kaufman, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Research and Education, (CARE) Program, Yale University, Congress Place, P.O. Box 208098, 301 Cedar St, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
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    Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Program, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
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      Child abuse is a nonspecific risk factor associated with an increased risk for a range of psychiatric and substance use disorders. The paper in this issue by Dannlowski et al. (
      • Dannlowski U.
      • Stuhrmann A.
      • Beutelmann V.
      • Zwanzger P.
      • Lenzen T.
      • Grotegerd D.
      • et al.
      Limbic scars: long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment revealed by functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging.
      ) adds to a growing body of literature on the mechanisms by which adverse early experiences confer vulnerability to psychiatric illness. The paper by Nikulina et al. (
      • Nikulina V.
      • Widom C.S.
      • Brzustowicz L.M.
      Child abuse and neglect, MAOA, and mental health outcomes: a prospective examination.
      ) delineate further genetic and other factors that account for individual differences in the outcomes of adults who were abused as children.
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