Emotional child abuse leads to sleep problems in elderly
of abuse never leaves the system
June 9, 2011
citizens who suffered parental abuse as children are more likely than their peers to have sleep problems, according to a new
with the Gerontological Society of America said in their study that emotional abuse specifically was associated with poorer
sleep quality as people aged.
authors said in a statement that the impact of this abuse stays in a person’s system as he or she ages and may limit
a person’s ability to fend for himself emotionally “and successfully navigate the social world.”
researchers studied data from 877 adults age 60 and older for the study.
problems reported by the abuse victims included trouble falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and not being
able to get back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and not feeling rested during the day no matter how much sleep
they got the night before.
researchers also said that the same emotional abuse during childhood was associated with poorer relationships in adulthood.
report on the study is published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences.