Posted November 01, 2019 18:36:07Researchers at the University of Auckland have found that students with an average IQ of 110 or more have a lower chance of experiencing sexual abuse.
The research, which was published in the journal Sex Education, also found that those with a high IQ had a higher chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
Professor Tim O’Connor from the University’s Department of Psychology, who led the research, said the findings were “significant”.
“Our results show that people who have experienced trauma have lower IQs than those who have not, which is consistent with the idea that trauma is associated with lower IQ,” he said.
“We are not saying that sexual abuse is the cause, but it is a link we have looked at.”
It would be interesting to find out whether this link is causal, and whether the same thing is true of psychological health.
“The research also found an association between the level of sexual abuse experienced by children and their psychological wellbeing.”
The study shows that the more children experience sexual abuse, the worse their mental health and psychological wellbeing,” Professor O’Connors said.
Professor O’Sullivan said that the study’s findings showed that there was a “need for a broader look” at sexual abuse in schools and beyond.”
Schools are a great place to start learning about trauma, and we need to look at how we can provide support to our students, so that they have the best chance of surviving sexual abuse,” he told the ABC.”
In the end, the only thing we can hope for is that these issues are not perpetuated, and that survivors have the support and support that they need to get through the trauma.
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