Childhood maltreatment responsible for one in five Aussie mental health disorders: study

Dr Cathy Andronis says the findings highlight the need for systemic changes to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Cathy Andronis
Dr Cathy Andronis.

Nearly half of all suicide attempts can be directly attributed to child abuse and neglect, researchers report in an Australian-first study.

The University of Sydney–led team also found that childhood maltreatment accounted for a third of self-harm incidents and one in five depression cases.