Amarillo, Texas (PRWEB) April 27, 2013
Research over the last two decades has clearly shown that men and women who were abused as children are more likely to suffer from serious diseases, such heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and die at younger ages than their non-abused counterparts. Abuse survivors are also more likely to have chronic conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic headaches.
A key question is why does child abuse make people sick?
In her new book, Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Abuse,2nd Edition, health psychologist and Praeclarus Press’s Editor-in-Chief, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett synthesizes 20 years of research to describe why child abuse increases the risk of health problems in adults. Dr. Kendall-Tackett describes five ways by which abuse can impact health.
Each of these pathways by themselves can negatively impact health the health of abuse survivors. Unfortunately, abuse survivors usually have more than one of these factors present. The more types of abuse that someone has experienced as a child, the higher the risk of serious health problems for adults.
Fortunately, there is much abuse survivors can do to improve their health. By understanding all of the factors that are involved, interventions can be targeted to specifically address the issues abuse survivors face. A key intervention is helping abuse survivors become less vulnerable to stress. Some ways to help with stress include Omega-3 fatty acids, exercise, cognitive therapy, sleep interventions, and for women, breastfeeding.
"In this remarkable text Kendall-Tackett synthesizes theory and empirical data to arrive at a fascinating review of the impact of child abuse. Examining multiple pathways across physiology, cognition, emotion, behavior, and social variables, she assembles a volume that is simply a tour de force for scientists, clinicians, and students of trauma."—Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., VA National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorders & Boston University School of Medicine
“This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date available on the impact of childhood trauma and adversity. It has a clear and compelling model, a thorough review of the research, and a frank grasp of the complexity of the problem. Throughout it is infused with a sense of compassion for survivors and a vision of how to heal.” --David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire
Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Abuse, 2nd Edition, is published by Civic Research Institute. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health.