Unveiling the Devastating Impact of Maltreatment on Young Brains

Unveiling the Devastating Impact of Maltreatment on Young Brains
Unveiling the Devastating Impact of Maltreatment on Young Brains

Childhood Maltreatment and Brain Development

Childhood maltreatment, encompassing physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, has profound effects on children's well-being. Studies have shown that maltreated children exhibit cognitive impairments and increased risk of mental and physical health issues later in life.

Recent neuroimaging research has shed light on the impact of maltreatment on brain structure. A study of toddlers exposed to abuse and neglect within the past six months revealed that those experiencing more severe maltreatment had significantly lower brain volumes. This

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