Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Child Abuse and Depression

In 2012 Statistics Canada conducted the second national mental health survey. For the first time, they included a childhood experiences questionnaire allowing an estimate of the proportion of adult Canadians (age 15+) who report that they were abused as children. A detailed report was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and summarized in a Globe and Mail article. the headline finding is the proportion is large: about 1/3 reporting some kind of abuse during childhood. With respect to the issue of clinical depression, reporting child abuse, depending on the type was associated roughly with a doubling to three-fold increase in the odds of having had an episode of depression at some point in one's life.

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