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The adversity of trauma extends across generations

A young boy holds hands with a woman and hides his face in her dress. He is wearing a blue and gray shirt, has brown hair, and is of Persian descent. The woman is wearing a black casual dress with a pattern and her face does not appear in the frame. The little boy appears sad or upset, his face is hidden. Photographed outdoors on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood, the background features grass and trees.

 

Parents who faced severe stress and trauma early in their lives may be more likely to have children with behavioral health problems, according to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The study titled “Parents’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Children’s Behavioral Health Problems” was published in the journal Pediatrics on July 9 2018.

These adverse experiences include divorce or separation of parents, experiencing the death of a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, exposure to violence or substance abuse at home, estrangement from a parent, or parental mental illness.

 

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A mother’s childhood experiences had a stronger adverse effect on a child’s behavioral health than the father’s experiences, the study found.

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