A recent study by University College London has suggested that children who have suffered abuse are more likely to have, “poor health and living standards” later in life.

The research which was undertaken as part of the Public Health Consortium followed the lives of 8,076 people from when they were born to the age of 50. It was discovered that 70% of people who were abused as a child were likely to have long term illness and not own their own home by the time they were 50.

The education of children who were neglected was also shown to be affected by them reaching a lower standard in reading and maths in contrast to their peers. This ultimately has an effect on their ability to find work and progression in the employment market. A poor living standard at the age of 50 is thought to be a signal that a person may suffer hardship and ill health in old age.

Dr Snehal Pinto Pereira of UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health who led the research has stated, “Our findings suggest that maltreated children grow up to face socio-economic disadvantage. This is important because such disadvantage could in turn influence the health of individuals affected and also that of their children. As well as highlighting the importance of prevention of maltreatment in childhood, our research identified poor reading and mathematics skills as a likely connecting factor from child neglect to poor adult outcome. This suggests that action is needed to improve and support these abilities in neglected children.”


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