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A recent study found that those who experienced severe childhood abuse are much more likely to experience a suicide attempt later in life. The study reported a suicide rate about five times higher than in the general population.

The American Journal of Public Health published the results, which reflect “how detrimental childhood trauma can be,” said study lead author Brandon Marshall, an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health. “We saw extremely strong associations, which suggest that abuse has lasting mental health impacts well into adulthood,” Marshall said.

This study shows that all of forms of childhood abuse — whether emotional, physical or sexual — are important risk factors for suicide to various degrees, he noted. “Care providers and health professionals should screen for these types of abuse and intervene whenever they see a situation of severe abuse, regardless of what type it was,” said Marshall.

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