Childhood Abuse Can Leave Women Feeling Pain More Intensely as Young Adults

Research By Sarah Beal, PhD, Jennie Noll, PhD

Post Date: October 23, 2019 | Publish Date: Oct. 7, 2019

When girls with documented evidence of childhood physical, emotional or sexual abuse grow up, they are more likely than other women to report more frequent, more widespread and more intense pain as young adults.

The precise cause or causes for the ongoing pain experiences remain unclear, but could include ongoing stress, inflammation, or other psychological or behavioral factors, according to a study led by first author Sarah Beal, PhD, and senior author Jennie Noll, PhD, at Cincinnati Children’s that was published online Oct. 23, 2019, in the journal Pain.

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Original Title:Heightened Risk for Pain in Young Adult Women with a History of Childhood Maltreatment: A Prospective Longitudinal Study
Published in:Pain
Publish date:Oct. 7, 2019

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