Abuse, Lack of Parental Warmth in Childhood Linked to Multiple Health Risks in Adulthood
|New study examined effects of abuse and lack of parental affection and found a strong biological link for how negative early life experiences affect physical health. (Credit: © altanaka / Fotolia)ption|
Sep. 26, 2013 — The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically. There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical health have also been well documented.
For instance, this "toxic" stress has been linked to elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and other physical conditions posing a significant health risk. The research into the physical effects of abuse, however, has focused on separate, individual systems.
A new UCLA-led study for the first time examines the effects of abuse and lack of parental affection across the body's entire regulatory system, and finds a strong biological link for how negative early life experiences affect physical health. The study is published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,