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Study Finds New Link Between Childhood Abuse and Adolescent Misbehavior

Posted: 03/09/17 10:14

An important learning process is impaired in adolescents who were abused as children, a University of Pittsburgh researcher has found, and this impairment contributes to misbehavior patterns later in life. Associative learning -- the process by which an individual subconsciously links experiences and stimuli together -- partially explains how people generally react to various real-world situations. In a newly released study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Pitt Assistant Professor Jamie L. Hanson detailed the connection between impaired associative learning capacities and instances of early childhood abuse. Read More