Maltreated Children More Likely to Be Juvenile Offenders

News Medical

By Dr. Liji Thomas

A new study published in the journal BMC Public Health reports that children who were physically or sexually abused, neglected or otherwise treated badly, are at higher risk of showing delinquent behavior or offending the law, as they grow into their teens and later into young adults. The childhood experience of maltreatment and violence is a powerful factor in predisposing the growing youth to behave badly.

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