Study links mental illness, child abuse Hopkins researcher finds 58.5% of abusers suffer from disorders

November 10, 1996|By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

Parents who have a mental illness are at a higher risk of abusing or neglecting their children, a Johns Hopkins University study has found.

In a study of nearly 10,000 parents, 58.5 percent of those who abused their children suffered from a mental illness, as did 69.3 percent of parents who neglected their children, Dr. Yuriko Egami reported in a recent issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

"In light of the associations between mental disorders and mistreatment of children, public health policies designed to prevent child abuse and neglect might be enhanced by an increased focus on interventions targeted at individuals with mental disorders," he said.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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