Intergenerational associations of parent adverse childhood experiences and child health outcomes [ Pediatrics]

 

To what extent do parents' adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)  affect ACEs and health status among their children? Linking data of 350 parents and their children from the 2012 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey (HHS) and the Philadelphia ACE Survey, researchers found statistically significant correlations between parents' ACE scores and their children's health status. 

"Our results suggest that the full scope of health effects of ACEs is not limited to the exposed individual. The lasting effects of childhood adversity are well known, and with our study, we extend these effects intergenerationally, at least in our high-risk urban sample," researchers concluded.  

To learn more about the article, which appeared in the May 2018 issue of the journal Pediatrics, continue reading here

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