Antisocial Personality Disorder, Depression, and A…

By: Horwitz, Allan V., Widom, Cathy Spatz, McLaughlin, Julie, and Helene Raskin White.

Studying data collected from interviews of adults who were abused or neglected as children, these researchers find that one of the strongest predictors of adulthood struggles with antisocial personality disorder, dysthymia (similar to depression), and alcoholism is lifetime stress events such as divorce or separation of parents.

Impact of childhood abuse and neglect on adult mental health: A prospective study. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 42 (2): 184-201.