The new study found that in parents lives who had early severe childhood trauma and stresses are associated with a greater rate of the behavioural problem of health in their children’s life.
Divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness are all included in the types of childhood hardships.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Adam Schickedanz, who is a pediatrician and health services researcher and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said, “Previous research has looked at childhood trauma as a risk factor for later physical and mental health problems in adulthood, but this is the first research to show that the long-term behavioral health harms of childhood adversity extend across generations from parent to child.”
The study also reveals that parents who experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences were twice the risk of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and were introduced themselves four times more to have the problem of mental health.
The study found that mother’s childhood experiences had a greater impact on their child’s behavioural health as compared to the father’s experiences.
The researchers show that parents who experience adverse childhood in their life were more possible to have higher levels of aggravation and to led to mental health complications.
The researchers analyzed thousands of children and their parents and they were all the part of the 2014 Child Development Supplement (CDS) and 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (CRCS). The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.
Schickedanz said, “If we can identify these children who are at a higher risk, we can connect them to services that might reduce their risk or prevent behavioural health problems.”