​Mental health consequences of childhood physical abuse in Chinese populations: a meta-analysis

Author(s) Ip, Patrick, Rosa S. Wong, Sophia L. Li, Ko Ling Chan, Frederick K. Ho, and Chun-bong Chow
Title Mental health consequences of childhood physical abuse in Chinese populations: a meta-analysis
Source Trauma, Violence & Abuse; published online before print May 2015; p1-14
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines the relationship between childhood physical abuse (CPA) and mental health outcomes in Chinese societies. The study consisted of a literature review, resulting in a total of 22 articles published between 2006 and 2013 found suitable for the study. A meta-analysis of the studies showed that people who had experienced physical abuse during childhood were more likely to suffer from adverse mental health outcomes compared to those without a history of CPA, particularly in regards to personality disorders (found on Axis II in DSM IV). An important finding was the larger effect size in regard to personality disorders in the Chinese participants than reported in similar US studies. It is suggested that the findings indicate there is a potential risk and detrimental impact of corporal punishment on mental health outcomes. Limitations of the studies were discussed, including the cross-sectional nature of the studies that had convenient sampling and as a result, causal relationships could not be concluded.
Keywords Child abuse; childhood physical abuse; mental health outcomes; Chinese society; disorders.
Topic Domestic violence