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Maltreatment, Not Memories, Linked to Adult Mental Illness


Background: Few studies have prospectively examined the effect of child maltreatment on the risk of subsequent mental illness. Retrospective studies demonstrate a robust association between childhood abuse and the presence of mental illness in adulthood. Some investigators have argued that this association is influenced by memories of abuse and may not reflect the effects of the abuse per se . Objective: To investigate differences between the prospective versus retrospective report more...
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