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Childhood Trauma Linked to Premature Death

Last Updated: October 08, 2009.

Multiple adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, witnessing domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, or growing up in a household where members are mentally ill, substance abusers, or sent to prison may be associated with premature death, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

THURSDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, witnessing domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, or growing up in a household where members are mentally ill, substance abusers, or sent to prison may be associated with premature death, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

David W. Brown, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues assessed 1995 to 1997 survey data on 17,337 adults who were followed through the end of 2006, during which time, 1,539 of the subjects died.

Compared to subjects without adverse childhood experiences, the researchers found that those with at least six such experiences had a significantly shorter average lifespan (60.6 versus 79.1 years). Their adjusted analysis showed that those with at least six such experiences were 1.7 times more likely to die at age 75 and younger and 2.4 times more likely to die at age 65 and younger.

"These results, although tentative, lend further support to the collective body of evidence suggesting that childhood traumatic stressors represent a common pathway to a variety of long-term behavioral, health, and social problems," the authors conclude. "Additional studies of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in other populations and examination of relationships with health and social problems are needed."

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