Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Link Between Childhood Trauma and Adult Health

"Childhood traumas are prevalent and can cause harm that lasts well into adulthood. There is a strong correlation between childhood trauma and serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy. Those are key findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, according to principal investigators Robert Block, MD, FAAP, Vincent Felitti, MD and Robert Anda, MD. They briefed Congressional aides about their study and its implications for public policy at an April 18 event sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF). The study makes a strong case for a greater focus on prevention and early intervention to protect children from harm caused by violence." Family Violence Prevention fund Link to Article (last visited 5-3-06 NVS)

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