A new study that concludes one in three Canadians has been subjected to child abuse is already generating controversy.
The research, based on an extensive survey and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, also found an "association" with 14 different mental-health problems, including suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.
No sooner had the report hit the media when National Post columnist Barbara Kay began heaping scorn on both the results and premise of the study Wednesday for stoking "moral panic" in much the same way as groups who claim universities foster "rape culture."
The study looked at data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on mental health covering all 10 provinces and involving more than 23,000 adults.
The study found 32 per cent reported experiencing three types of child abuse (physical, sexual and exposure to intimate-partner violence). Researchers found a correlation between all three types of abuse and all types of mental conditions. TheRead More »from Is one in three Canadians really a victim of child abuse and at risk of mental illness?