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Majority of U.S. Adults Had Troubled Childhoods: CDC
Date:12/17/2010

ill causing them problems, they are not alone and there is help available," Edwards said.

Dr. Lee M. Sanders, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine said that "one of the things we don't realize when we look around at our neighborhoods and communities is that these problems are so common."

"That's something to be concerned about. That's something to take communal action on," he added.

Identifying and treating abuse early can prevent many serious health consequences later in life. Programs that provide quality care for children, as well as home visitation programs in early infancy and parenting programs, are part of the solution to this problem, Sanders said.

"These interventions are important not just because abuse is so common, but because of the lifelong health implications," Sanders said. "There is a connection of these events to lifelong implications, not just for mental health for adults, but also for physical health."

For example, a person who has several of these events is more likely to get cancer and heart disease, Edwards said. "This is serious and it's not just a quirk of statistics. It's a real relationship."

More information

For more information on child abuse, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Valerie J. Edwards, Ph.D., team lead for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Team, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Lee M. Sanders, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Dec. 17, 2010, CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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