Childhood maltreatment alters white matter microstructure pathways linked to emotion processing

Takeaway

  • Maltreatment during childhood is linked to changes in white matter microstructure in a pathway involved with emotion processing in adulthood.

Why this matters

    Emotional abuse and neglect can have the same effect on neurodevelopment as physical and sexual abuse, highlighting the importance of early intervention in people who suffered from a wide range of childhood maltreatment.