Sexual Violence in Adolescence Associated with higher risk for suicide

A new study published in Lancet Psychiatry finds that experiencing sexual violence in mid-adolescence is associated with a heightened risk of self-harm, attempted suicide, and psychological distress.

Francesca Bentivegna and Praveetha Patalay estimate that without instances of sexual violence, boys in their cohort would experience 3.7% – 10.5% fewer adverse mental health outcomes compared to 14% – 18.7% for girls. This research in the UK joins many similar studies indicating that a gender gap exists in internalizing mental health conditions and associating sexual violence with adverse mental health outcomes. They write:

“In our sample of individuals from the UK Millennium Cohort Study who reported experiencing sexual violence in the 12 months before age 17 years reported worse mental health outcomes at age 17 years than adolescents who did not. These effects persisted even after accounting for previous depressive symptoms and self-harm, and a wide range of relevant confounders, and were robust to multiple methodological approaches and sensitivity checks.”

Sexual Violence in Adolescence Associated with Increased Risk of Suicide, Self-harm, and Psychological Distress

Author: GreatCosmicMothersUnited

I have joined with many parents affected with the surreal , yet accepted issue of child abuse via Pathogenic Parenting / Domestic abuse. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse, denial abounded that 3 sons were not affected. In my desire to be family to those who have found me lacking . As a survivor of psychiatric abuse, therapist who abused also and toxic prescribed medications took me to hell on earth with few moments of heaven. I will share my life, my experiences and my studies and research.. I will talk to small circles and I will council ; as targeted parents , grandparents , aunts , uncles etc. , are denied contact with a child for reasons that serve the abuser ...further abusing the child. I grasp the trauma and I have looked at the lost connection to a higher power.. I grasp when one is accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like discrimination.. Shame and affluence silences a lot of facts , truths that have been labeled "negative". It is about liberation of the soul from projections of a alienator , and abuser ..

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