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The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health

UCL (University College London)

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Childhood maltreatment is a complex issue that can impact a child's brain, beliefs, behavior, and schooling.

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The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health

The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health

by UCL (University College London)

Overview

Childhood maltreatment is a challenging issue that affects millions around the world. It's estimated that 20.7% of adults in England and Wales experienced abuse as children, although experts believe this is an underestimate.

Maltreatment refers to any action that harms a child, including neglect; physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; and exposure to domestic violence. Maltreatment can affect a child's mental and physical health as well as their academic and social life, although many develop the resilience to lead happy, productive lives.

The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health is led by Dr. Vanessa Puetz, a researcher and senior teaching fellow in developmental neuroscience and psychopathy at University College London. Joining Puetz are child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Sheila Redfern, professor of developmental neuroscience and psychopathology Eamon McCrory, and co-founder of Pears Family School Brenda McHugh. This course explores the key ways in which maltreatment affects a child psychologically.

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Many individuals manage to bounce back from these negative experiences early in life and succeed in living a healthy and fulfilled life.

- Dr. Vanessa Puetz

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