Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp 864–870 | Cite as

The long-term health outcomes of childhood abuse

An overview and a call to action
  • Kristen W. Springer
  • Jennifer Sheridan
  • Daphne Kuo
  • Molly Carnes


While the association between abuse in childhood and adverse adult health outcomes is well established, this link is infrequently acknowledged in the general medical literature. This paper has 2 purposes: (1) to provide a broad overview of the research on the long-term effects of child abuse on mental and physical health including some of the potential pathways, and (2) to call for collaborative action among clinicians, psychosocial and biomedical researchers, social service agencies, criminal justice systems, insurance companies, and public policy makers to take a comprehensive approach to both preventing and dealing with the sequelae of childhood abuse.

Key words

anxiety depression hostility medical diagnoses childhood abuse somatic symptoms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristen W. Springer
    • 1
  • Jennifer Sheridan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daphne Kuo
    • 1
    • 4
  • Molly Carnes
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.the Department of Sociology and Center for Demography and EcologyUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  2. 2.the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership InstituteUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  3. 3.Department of Medicine and Psychiatry, Center for Women’s Health and Women’s Health ResearchUniversity of Wisconsin, Meriter Hospital 6WestMadison
  4. 4.the Department of Sociologythe University of WashingtonSeattle

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