Child maltreatment and adult psychopathology in an Irish contex

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Title: Child maltreatment and adult psychopathology in an Irish contex
Authors: Fitzhenry, Mark
Harte, Elizabeth
Carr, Alan
O'Hanrahan, Kevin
White, Megan
Cahill, Paul
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Date: Jul-2015
Abstract: One-hundred-ninety-nine adult mental health service users were interviewed with a protocol that included the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, the Structured Clinical Interviews for Axis I and II DSM-IV disorders, the Global Assessment of Functioning scale, the SCORE family assessment measure, the Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal Schedule, and the Readiness for Psychotherapy Index. Compared to a U.S. normative sample, Irish clinical cases had higher levels of maltreatment. Cases with comorbid axis I and II disorders reported more child maltreatment than those with axis I disorders only. There was no association between types of CM and types of psychopathology. Current family adjustment and service needs (but not global functioning and motivation for psychotherapy) were correlated with a CM history. It was concluded that child maltreatment may contribute to the development of adult psychopathology, and higher levels of trauma are associated with co-morbid personality disorder, greater service needs and poorer family adjustment. A history of child maltreatment should routinely be determined when assessing adult mental health service users, especially those with personality disorders and where appropriate evidence-based psychotherapy which addresses childhood trauma should be offered.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect
Volume: 45
Start page: 101
End page: 107
Copyright (published version): 2015 Elsevier
Keywords: Child abuseChild maltreatmentCTQSCIDSCORECANSAS
DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.04.021
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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