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How a difficult childhood makes it more likely you'll have mental and physical health problems as an adult

By Ziggi Ivan Santini, Mental Health Researcher, University of Southern Denmark
Bruce Perry, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Northwestern University
Michael Marmot, Director, Institute of Health Equity; Professor, Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
Sarah Stewart-Brown, Chair of Public Health, University of Warwick
Vibeke Jenny Koushede, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
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Decades of research shows how negative childhood events – such as abuse or neglect – can have a detrimental impact on a person’s long-term physical and mental health. It has been linked to accelerated ageing, chronic disease and even premature…


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