Youth Services Law

That Didn't Take Long

Legal blogs already are picking up on the study that I mentioned yesterday. The normally-solid Sexual Abuse Claims Blog quotes one report that "child abuse can permanently alter the way your genes fight stress, leaving victims of childhood abuse more vulnerable to stressful events throughout their life."  

Let's all repeat one more time - the study looked at a grand total of 36 tissue samples. To quote a neurobiology professor, "The bottom line is that this is a terrific line of work, but there is a very long way to go either to understand the effects of early experience or the causes of mental disorders."

If you run across an expert who makes this claim about the results of childhood abuse, take a good look at the studies they are relying on. As one of my favorite literary characters said, "Wizards should know better."

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