A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has reported "robust associations" between child physical and sexual abuse and mental conditions including disorders, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. The first nationally representative study of its kind, the findings "highlight the urgent need to make prevention of child abuse a priority in Canada". Lead author Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba, joined by co-authors including McMaster University's Harriet MacMillan, found that 32% of Canada's adult population has experienced child abuse (physical, sexual, and/or intimate partner violence). They found 26% had experienced physical abuse, 10% had experienced sexual abuse, and 8% had been exposed to intimate partner violence. The study concludes "child abuse is an important public health problem globally, including in Canada. All health care providers should be aware of the relation between specific types of child abuse and certain mental conditions. Clinicians working in the mental health field should be skilled in assessing patients for exposure to abuse and should understand the implications for treatment. In addition, all clinicians need to be familiar with the mandatory reporting requirements for their province or territory". To read the full journal article, visit www.cmaj.ca.