Traces of violence: Traumatized children age faster

Sexual abuse, violence and neglect have left it in the child's soul-deep scars. But also the physical Well-being of adolescents is affected by such experiences

Traces of violence: Traumatized children age faster

Sexual abuse, violence and neglect have left it in the child's soul-deep scars. But also the physical Well-being of adolescents is affected by such experiences affected.Traumatized girls and boys develop later in life, therefore, is not only more likely than average to have mental health disorders, but also increasingly to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

with regard to the causes of their health lability, these are extremely complex. In part, the increased susceptibility to disease is unhealthy or destructive behaviors such as eating disorders, drug addiction and excessive alcohol consumption lead back, but not alone. Harrowing childhood experiences accelerate, as observations suggest, the aging process and could therefore lead to the Affected are in relatively young age, to age-related infirmity.

As harrowing childhood experiences-the-clock of life adjustment and whether between the individual traumas in this respect, there are differences, was due to the in part contradictory data available so far is inadequate to answer. For more clarity, the results of a systematic analysis of 43 studies with more than 114.000 people to experiment on now. After that, all kinds of childhood traumas do not affect the aging process are equally strong.

Treacherous a view in cell

Particularly far-reaching the consequences of threatening experiences, such as physical or mental violence, from sexual Assault and abuse of any kind. the authors of the Meta-analysis from the University of Washington in Seattle report in the "Psychological Bulletin", were subjects who were exposed to at a young age in such a drastic experience, much earlier in puberty than participants with a happy Childhood. The severe and persistent had been the threat, the more likely the affected child became Mature, the sex.

having been the victims of violence and abuse have been rapidly aged, but also revealed a look into the cell interior. Thus, the chromosomes are significantly shorter caps on meadows, so-called telomeres, than those of their peers with an unencumbered Childhood. The shorter telomeres are, the earlier the cell dies. As also showed, contained the DNA of men and women with experience of violence in Childhood, a number of chemical changes, which normally occur later in life.

No indication for a faster Tick of the biological clock, the researchers Natalie found Colich in men and women who were neglected as children or in socially precarious circumstances had lived. However, such experiences were not without consequences. A measurable imprint they left apparently in the brain. The researchers found evidence that the cerebral cortex of the Affected at certain Places, thinner and therefore probably more Mature or older than in healthy subjects of the same age with light-hearted youth. Comparable changes, although in a different brain region, in addition, in the case of persons with experience of Violence in Childhood can prove.

Updated Date: 14 August 2020, 15:19

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