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Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities: Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage

Scientists have analyzed the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter, responsible for processing information. The results revealed a significant deficit in various late developing regions of the brain after abuse According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), child maltreatment is defined as all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child?s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.
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