Childhood maltreatment linked with tripled risk of self-harm in young adulthood: Aussie study

Emotional abuse had a greater effect than sexual or physical abuse, the researchers found.

Under-15s who come to the attention of child protection agencies for maltreatment have a threefold higher risk of self-harm or suicidal ideation when aged 25-39, an Australian study suggests.

University of Queensland researchers also found that ED presentations for self-harm or suicidal ideation were more common in patients with reported emotional abuse than in those with reported physical or sexual abuse.