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Recalling Childhood Abuse May Matter More for Mental Health Than Records

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Recalling a personal account of childhood maltreatment is more closely linked to mental health problems than legal proof that the maltreatment occurred, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

The findings suggest that the subjective experience of maltreatment as a child may play a more vital role in adult emotional disorders than the event itself, and as a result, clinical work focusing on a patient’s memories and thinking patterns around abuse and neglect could be more influential on mental health than previously thought.

A research team from King’s College London and City University of New York analyzed data of nearly 1,200 people. They found that individuals who had been identified as victims of child

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