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Child maltreatment is associated with poor socioeconomic outcomes at 50 years of age
  1. Amanda J Friend1,2,
  2. Geoff D Debelle3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Leeds General Infirmary, University of Leeds, School of Medicine, Leeds, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  3. 3Department of General Paediatrics, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amanda J Friend, Department of Paediatrics, Leeds General Infirmary, University of Leeds, School of Medicine, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; amanda.friend{at}nhs.net

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Study question

Setting: England, Wales and Scotland.

Patients: 1958 birth cohort.

Exposure: Experience of abuse during childhood, measured prospectively by parent and teacher interviews and retrospectively by self-report.

Outcomes: Markers of socioeconomic function at 45–50 years.

Follow-up period: 50 years from birth.

Patient follow-up: Surveys sent out at 45 and 50 years of age.

Conclusion 

All forms of childhood maltreatment result in poorer socioeconomic outcomes at 50 years of age (summarised in table 1). Sexual abuse had the greatest effect, with neglect also having a significant impact. Adjusting for cognition …

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