Sexual abuse is not the only childhood adversity that may lead to later depression

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7139.1244 (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1244
  1. Paul A Cotter, Clinical lecturer
  1. Section of Metabolic Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AE

    EDITOR—Cheasty et al have provided further support for the association between childhood sexual abuse and adult depression.1 This adds to the growing body of research that describes the effects of childhood maltreatment on the development of adult psychopathology and further highlights the need for interventional psychiatry.2

    Sexual abuse is often considered …

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