Abuse News

Life Stressors Trigger Alcohol Problems in Vets

August 1st, 2014
Timely new research discovers civilian stress events are more likely to trigger alcohol problems among veterans than among non-military personnel. Investigators found returning National Guard soldiers -- regardless of the traumatic events they experienced -- were more likely to develop a drinking ...

For Women, Early Sexual Abuse Tied to Atherosclerosis Later in Life

July 20th, 2014
Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and ...

Parental Behavior Impacts Abuse Risk for Kids with Disabilities

July 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests inappropriate parental expectations and a lack of empathy can increase the risk of abuse among children with disabilities. Experts have known that children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at ...

Brain Activity in Sex Addicts Mirrors That of Drug Addicts

July 12th, 2014
A new study has found that pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behavior -- sometimes known as sex addiction -- similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge note that ...

Abusive Coaches Linked to Cheating by Players

July 8th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests that college athletes who have abusive coaches are more willing to cheat in order to win than players with more ethical coaches. The study is derived from a survey of almost 20,000 student athletes at more than 600 colleges ...

Female Veterans at Higher Risk for Partner Violence

July 7th, 2014
Over the past decade, researchers have learned that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant health issue faced by women veterans. However, until recently little has been known about women’s perception of the care they have been receiving. Now, a new study discovers that ...

One in Six Teens Who Visit ER Suffer Dating Violence

July 5th, 2014
A new study finds that of adolescents visiting a hospital’s emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year. Published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the study also found that dating ...

Childhood Abuse Tied To Dyslexia

July 4th, 2014
New research discovers that adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia. Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in ...

Cyberbullying Creates Fear in Students

July 2nd, 2014
Cyberbullying, like traditional bullying, creates fear among students about being victimized at school. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of school victimization. The fear is especially pronounced among students who have experienced bullying at ...

Chronic Childhood Stress Leaves Lasting Impact on Brain

June 29th, 2014
Extreme stress experienced during childhood, such as poverty, neglect, and physical abuse, might alter the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and the processing of stress and emotion. These changes may be linked to negative effects on behavior, health, employment, and ...