This study examines the effects of childhood abuse on future adult mental health. A statistically significant relationship was found between abuse and mental health problems. This relationship remained even after controlling for parental characteristics and the effects of an abusive environment. These findings suggest that one way to deal with the consequences of abuse would be to develop long term intervention strategies.
Belyea and Zingraff, Matthew T.
"Child Abuse and Mental Health: An Examination of Some Long Term Effects for Prison Inmates,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 11
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol11/iss1/11