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Gender specific association of child abuse and adult cardiovascular disease in a sample of patients with Basal Cell Carcinoma

Hosang, Georgina M.; Johnson, Sheri L.; Kiecolt-Glaser, Janice; Di Gregorio, Michael P.; Lambert, David R.; Bechtel, Mark A.; Hearne, Dean W.; Herron, Joel B. and Glaser, Ronald. 2013. Gender specific association of child abuse and adult cardiovascular disease in a sample of patients with Basal Cell Carcinoma. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(6), pp. 374-379. ISSN 0145-2134 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Objective
The aim of this study is to examine whether child abuse or neglect is more strongly associated with adult cardiovascular disease, and whether these associations differ by gender.

Methods
A total of 116 participants (mean age 57.75 years) reported their experience of childhood maltreatment using the well-validated Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse Questionnaire. Cardiovascular disease was assessed using the Older Adults Resources Survey Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire.

Results
Child abuse but not neglect was significantly associated with adult cardiovascular disease. The significant relationship between child abuse and cardiovascular disease was specific to women.

Conclusion
The results of this study indicate that being abused as a child is significantly associated with cardiovascular disease in adulthood, particularly among women.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.09.018

Keywords:

cardiovascular disease; child abuse; child maltreatment; gender differences; child neglect

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

10093

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2014 09:42

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 15:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093

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