By Patrick Cody
April 12, 2006
Next week, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network will meet in Chicago. One of the topics to be discussed will be research that shows the how "negative childhood experiences" impact individuals well into their adulthood.
After studying the health records of over 20,000 patients in San Diego, Dr. Vincent Felitti discovered that individuals with adverse childhood experiences, like sexual abuse, were more likely to have adult health problems like obesity, substance abuse and traffic accidents. The more adverse experiences individual had, the stronger the correlation was with poor behavioral health as an adult. More information is available at http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/winter02/goldtolead.html
Fortunately, members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network are developing, implementing and refining treatments that help children and may prevent negative adult health outcomes. For more information, see www.NCTSN.org.
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