To assess reductions in quality of life, the team matched responses to a survey that assessed physical functioning, pain, cognitive functioning and social support with data from surveys that explicitly asked people how many years of life they would trade to be free of a given health condition. The result is a score that ranges from 0 to 1, with 0 being equivalent to death and 1 being perfect health. The average score for people who werent maltreated was .78, while the score for those were was .75 a difference of .03 per year. Throughout a lifetime, this figure translates to a loss of two years of quality-adjusted life expectancy.
Every year gets diminished in some respect, Corso said, because the person who was maltreated has a lower quality of life than the person who wasnt.
The long-term consequences of child maltreatment are very real and concerning. All children should have safe, stable and nurturing environments in which to grow and develop, said Ileana Arias, director of CDCs National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. For children and adults to live to their full potential, we must support programs that stop child maltreatment before it ever begins and work to help those who have already experienced it.
The researchers also found significant differences among age groups, with the gap between the non-maltreated and maltreated group growing smallerbut never disappearingin older age groups. The exception, Corso noted, was in the 70 and above group, where the difference between the non-maltreated and maltreated group is actually larger than in the previous two age groups (60 to 69 and 50 to 59). The exact reasons for this difference are unclear, but Corso said older people might have more time to reflect on past maltreatment.
She cautions that the two-year reduction in quality of life undoubtedly underestimates t
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