Having a happy childhood reduces the risk of depression and mental illness-adult

The parental stress prenatal, linked to behavior problems in children pequeñosEntre 16% and 18% of teens have suicidal thoughts, according to a estudioUn expert

Having a happy childhood reduces the risk of depression and mental illness-adult
The parental stress prenatal, linked to behavior problems in children pequeñosEntre 16% and 18% of teens have suicidal thoughts, according to a estudioUn expert warns: expect to always feel happy and relaxed is a recipe for disappointment

people who have a happy childhood, based in caring relationships and caring with family and friends, have a lower risk of suffering depression and mental illness in adulthood and, in addition, tend to be in relationships more healthy, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg (united States) to which has had access Ep and has been published in the magazine "JAMA Pediatrics" .

for many years it is known that adverse experiences during childhood, such as abuse, violence or family conflict, can have a negative impact for the whole life, although the reasons why this happens are still unknown, since a few people overcome these adversities and not others.

At this stage, the researchers analyzed the effects that they had positive experiences in the childhood of 6,000 people who were asked if they could talk about their feelings with their family, if they felt supported by their family in difficult times, whether they had participated in family traditions, if they had felt integrated in the school and their friends, if any adult who was not their parent had been interested by his life and if felt protected by a higher.

The researchers designed, tested, and used a new measure of positive experiences in childhood showed a dose-response relationship between the number of positive experiences reported by the adults and their mental health, and relational.

The survey also described the childhood experiences adverse of the respondents and included questions about mental health as, for example, the diagnoses of depression and the days that they had suffered mental health problems. In addition, we asked how often they obtained the social and emotional support they needed (social and emotional support reported by an adult).

In this way, the experts found that those who had had six to seven positive experiences in childhood, the odds of having depression or of having 14 or more days of poor mental health, were 72 percent lower than for those who reported not having had, or as much as two, positive experiences in childhood.

Even for those who reported three to five positive experiences in childhood, the odds of depression or poor mental health were 50 percent lower. These associations remained even when respondents reported multiple adverse experiences of childhood.

"This study offers the possibility of hope that children and adults can thrive despite the accumulation of negative experiences of childhood. The people believe that eliminating the adversity automatically results in good health outcomes, but many who said they had had fewer problems in childhood had poorer outcomes of mental health and relational if not also reported to have had positive experiences in childhood", have been settled.

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Updated Date: 26 September 2019, 04:01

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