Cancer and asthma may be associated with corporal punishment in childhood

According to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", with reference to The Telegraph, if the child in the first years of his life experienced a spanking and abuse, then it can cause the development of various diseases, including cancer.

This is the conclusion of scientists at the University of Plymouth after their research in Saudi Arabia, which not rarely resort to physical punishment of children. Interviewing 250 adult residents of this country who did not have health problems, the researchers compared the obtained responses with similar results of the survey of 150 adults with heart diseases, 150 patients with cancer and 150 patients with asthma.

During the survey, people answered questions, whether they experienced in childhood and how often physical punishment and verbal abuse. It turned out if patients had cancer, he was subjected to beatings and insults in childhood 70 percent of them. An increase of 30 percent probability of heart disease and 60 percent of asthma was associated with experienced psychological trauma.

According to Professor Michael Hyland from the school of psychology at the University, experienced in childhood shocks was provoked changes in the body and created the "soil" for the future development of disease.

At the same time, some experts carefully assess this study, emphasizing that the basis of his results are distant childhood memories, the objectivity of which cannot be assured. They believe that the conduct of such studies should continue for many years to studying the health of children in the process of growing up.

As the doctor said Andrea Danis, lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Institute of psychiatry, king's College London, it is important to understand the mechanisms of the influence of maltreatment on children's health. If we can understand the biological and behavioral changes caused by ill-treatment of children, it becomes possible to prevent the development of these processes before the onset of clinical symptoms.

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