Abuse News

Forty Percent of Women with Severe Mental Illness Are Victims of Rape, Attempted Rape

September 6th, 2014
Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence compared to the general population. “This study highlights that patients with severe mental ...

Family MD Could Be 1st Line of Defense for Abused Rural Women

August 24th, 2014
A new study shows that primary care physicians can be a critical resource for abused women in rural areas. But the study also found that many primary care physicians do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to researchers at ...

Does ‘Fifty Shades’ Put Young Women at Risk?

August 22nd, 2014
In a new study, researchers attempt to determine if the blockbuster "Fifty Shades" series increases the threat of potentially harmful health behaviors and risks. The widely popular series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. A movie adaptation is scheduled for release ...

Abusive Leaders Undermine The Whole Team

August 21st, 2014
Rude and abusive behavior by a supervisor toward individual employees harms more than just the targeted person -- it can trigger conflict among the entire work team. Michigan State University (MSU) researchers conducted a study in China and the United States and found the ...

Childhood Neglect, Not Abuse, Best Predicter of Violence in Teen Boys

August 20th, 2014
Boys who have been physically neglected are at greater risk of becoming violent teenagers than even those who have suffered from physical abuse, according to researchers at Penn State studying incarcerated male adolescents. Examples of physical neglect include not taking a sick or ...

Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 10th, 2014
Smoking marijuana just once a week can have a “significant” negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing the health implications of legalizing marijuana at the ...

Brief Counseling Helps Alcohol Abuse, Does Not Help Substance Abuse

August 6th, 2014
Over the past decade the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has advocated for screening and brief interventions to address unhealthy alcohol and drug use. Physician's have been urged to screen for alcohol and substance abuse and to use office ...

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 ...