The scars of childhood trauma linger long into adulthood

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A US and Swiss study of 1,420 people followed up to the age of 30 found having experienced trauma as a child was associated with an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders as an adult, and to worse social outcomes in terms of holding down jobs and being socially isolated. And the more times a child had experienced trauma, the higher their risk was, say the experts. The results held true even once other factors, including psychiatric functioning and family adversities and hardships, were taken into account, say the authors.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

Organisation/s: University of Vermont, USA

Funder: The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the William T Grant Foundation.


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