Children who experience physical or sexual abuse, or other adversities such as family violence, are at greater risk of suicide in later life, according to Belgian researchers.
They examined survey data on 55,000 people in 21 countries, finding 3 per cent had attempted suicide. Of these, 29 per cent had been the victim of physical abuse, 25 per cent had experienced family violence and 15 per cent had been sexually abused.
The authors said childhood adversity was a “powerful predictor” of suicidal behaviour. They said: “Identifying those families at risk of problems, and offering help, may be a way of decreasing suicide.”
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