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Child Abuse Changes the Brain

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Child abuse – The brain changer 

Science now shows how the abused children develop differently and grow up with issues and problems that reach far into adulthood and affect all of society. Did you know that children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime?  Stopping abuse, especially the abuse of our children, will help stunt the growth of many of our worse and costly ills.  Get involved with the Stop Abuse Campaign today and together we will be the first generation to stop abuse.

(Reuters) – Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said on Monday.

In a study in the journal Current Biology, researchers used brain scans to explore the impact of physical abuse or domestic violence on children’s emotional development and found that exposure to it was linked to increased activity in two brain areas when children were shown pictures of angry faces.

Previous studies that scanned the brains of soldiers exposed to violent combat situations showed the same pattern of heightened activity in these two brain areas — the anterior insula and the amygdala — which experts say are associated with detecting potential threats.

Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.

 

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