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Adverse childhood experiences

Aiko Shono, Masahide Kondo
A number of new vaccines to prevent childhood diseases have been introduced globally over the last few decades. Only four combination vaccines are currently available in Japan, DTaP/sIPV, DTaP, DT, and MR, leading to complex infant vaccine scheduling. This study aims to investigate mothers' preferences with respect to combination vaccines for their children, should new combination vaccines become available that have not yet been launched in Japan or that will be developed in the future. We conducted a web-based, cross-sectional survey of 1,243 mothers who had at least one child between 2 months and 3 years of age...
December 1, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Ilvy Goossens, Tonia L Nicholls, Iris Torchalla, Johann Brink, Corine de Ruiter
This study examined the perceived costs, benefits, and motivations for participating in individual trauma-focused interviews among forensic psychiatric patients (N = 74). The majority of our participants were male, and 100% endorsed adverse childhood experiences (e.g., abuse, neglect) or exposure to potentially traumatic events (e.g., assault). Levels of posttraumatic avoidance (41.9%), reexperiencing (59.5%), and increased arousal (51.3%) were high. In line with previous studies, our findings suggest an overall positive research experience in this sample...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
T Nayiager, L Anderson, A Cranston, U Athale, R D Barr
PURPOSE: Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the commonest form of cancer in this age group, suffer considerable morbidity during treatment, with the majority returning to good health soon after therapy has been completed, as reflected in health-related quality of life (HRQL). However, survivors are at risk of many adverse health outcomes later, including obesity, measured by body mass index (BMI), that is compounded by limited physical activity. This study examined the HRQL of long-term survivors of ALL and its relationship to BMI and physical activity...
November 24, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Tenah K A Hunt, Lawrence M Berger, Kristen S Slack
Children who have been exposed to maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at increased risk for various negative adult health outcomes, including cancer, liver disease, substance abuse, and depression. However, the proximal associations between ACEs and behavioral outcomes during the middle childhood years have been understudied. In addition, many of the ACE studies contain methodological limitations such as reliance on retrospective reports and limited generalizability to populations of lower socioeconomic advantage...
November 21, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Samantha M Brown, Audrey M Shillington
Youth involved in the child welfare system experience multiple early adversities that can contribute to increased risk of substance use and delinquency. Although adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been associated with poorer behavioral outcomes among youth, less is known about the possible protective factors that may influence the relationship between early adversity and risk-taking behavior. This study examined whether protective adult relationships moderated the link between cumulative ACEs and substance use and delinquency after controlling for demographic characteristics in child welfare-involved youth...
November 21, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Jean Rankin, Lynsay Matthews, Stephen Cobley, Ahreum Han, Ross Sanders, Huw D Wiltshire, Julien S Baker
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century with far-reaching and enduring adverse consequences for health outcomes. Over 42 million children <5 years worldwide are estimated to be overweight (OW) or obese (OB), and if current trends continue, then an estimated 70 million children will be OW or OB by 2025. The purpose of this review was to focus on psychiatric, psychological, and psychosocial consequences of childhood obesity (OBy) to include a broad range of international studies...
2016: Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics
Roy Wade, Brandon D Becker, Katherine B Bevans, Derek C Ford, Christopher B Forrest
INTRODUCTION: Clinicians require tools to rapidly identify individuals with significant childhood adversity as part of routine primary care. The goal of this study was to shorten the 11-item Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) measure and evaluate the feasibility and validity of this shortened measure as a screener to identify adults who have experienced significant childhood adversity. METHODS: Statistical analysis was conducted in 2015...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Kristen M Kelly, Briana Mezuk
BACKGROUND: The predictors of onset of major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are well-characterized. However the factors that predict remission from these conditions are less clear, and the study of this area is further complicated by differing definitions of remission. METHODS: Data come from the National Comorbidity Survey - Replication, and analysis was limited to respondents with a lifetime history of GAD (n=621) or MDD (n=1299) assessed by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Tamar C Kraan, Helga K Ising, Marjolein Fokkema, Eva Velthorst, David P G van den Berg, Margot Kerkhoven, Wim Veling, Filip Smit, Don H Linszen, Dorien H Nieman, Lex Wunderink, Nynke Boonstra, Rianne M C Klaassen, Sara Dragt, Judith Rietdijk, Lieuwe de Haan, Mark van der Gaag
Childhood adversity is associated with a range of mental disorders, functional impairment and higher health care costs in adulthood. In this study we evaluated if childhood adversity was predictive of adverse clinical and functional outcomes and health care costs in a sample of patients at ultra-high risk (UHR) for developing a psychosis. Structural Equation Modeling was used to examine the effect of childhood adversity on depression, anxiety, transition to psychosis and overall functioning at 4-year follow-up...
November 11, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Melissa J Hagan, Nicole Bush, Wendy Berry Mendes, Justine Arenander, Elissa Epel, Eli Puterman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although it has been postulated that psychological responses to stress in adulthood are grounded in childhood experiences in the family environment, evidence has been inconsistent. This study tested whether two putative measures of neurobiological sensitivity (vagal flexibility and attentional capacity) moderated the relation between women's reported exposure to a risky childhood environment and current engagement in suppressive or avoidant coping in response to daily stress...
November 19, 2016: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping
Mareike Augsburger, Katalin Dohrmann, Maggie Schauer, Thomas Elbert
Objective: Traumatic stressors and other forms of adversities, especially when experienced during childhood, shape aggressive behavior. Effects of differential dimensions of impulsivity on the relationship between psychological trauma, reactive aggression (defensive survival response to threat), and appetitive aggression (the pleasure of attacking and fighting) have not yet been assessed. Method: Using structural equation modeling, we sought to uncover precursors of reactive and appetitive aggression investigating a sample of 94 adult individuals with refugee status...
November 10, 2016: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
Helen Gonçalves, Ana Luiza Gonçalves Soares, Ana Paula Gomes Dos Santos, Camila Garcez Ribeiro, Isabel Oliveira Bierhals, Luna Strieder Vieira, Natália Limões Hellwig, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Ana M B Menezes
The objective of this study was to investigate the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among adolescents from a Brazilian cohort. The occurrence of five ACEs, the use of alcohol and tobacco and trying illicit drugs were investigated in the 1993 Pelotas birth cohort at the age of 15 (n = 4,230). A score was created for the ACEs and their association with the use of substances was evaluated. Around 25% of adolescents consumed alcohol, 6% smoked and 2...
November 3, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Lauren D Brumley, Sara R Jaffee, Benjamin P Brumley
Adverse childhood experiences and pessimistic future expectations about college attendance or mortality are established risk factors for problem behaviors among youth. Data were from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (N = 14,800; 49 % female). Participants were 11-17-years-old at baseline and 24-32-years-old at outcome. Adolescents' college expectations and fatalistic expectations mediated the effect of childhood adversity on violent behavior in young adulthood. Neither college nor fatalistic expectations were significant mediators in models predicting substance use and nonviolent antisocial behaviors...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Bethany Rigles
Previous research has shown a negative relationship between adverse childhood events (ACEs) and health and resiliency among the general population, but has not examined these associations among children with autism. Purpose To determine the prevalence of ACEs among children with autism and how ACEs are associated with resiliency and health. Methods A quantitative analysis was conducted using data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health. Results Children with autism experience significantly more ACEs than their peers, which is negatively associated with their health...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Nagy A Youssef, Daniel Belew, Guang Hao, Xiaoling Wang, Frank A Treiber, Michael Stefanek, Mark Yassa, Elizabeth Boswell, W Vaughn McCall, Shaoyong Su
BACKGROUND: Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) including childhood abuse and trauma increase depressive symptoms. The role of resilience and how it interacts with both ACEs and the potential development of depressive symptoms, including how race and ethnicity moderate these effects, are much less studied. The aims of this study were to examine: 1) whether there is a dose-response relationship between trauma and depressive symptoms; 2) whether early trauma affected European Americans (EA) and African Americans (AA) in a similar fashion; and 3) whether resilience mitigates the effect of trauma...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
S Guillaume, I Jaussent, L Maimoun, A Ryst, M Seneque, L Villain, D Hamroun, P Lefebvre, E Renard, Ph Courtet
Patients with eating disorders (EDs) frequently report a history of childhood trauma (CT). We investigated whether certain subtypes of CT are associated with more severe features of EDs, independently of psychiatric comorbidity, and whether they act additively. One hundred and ninety-two patients with DSM-V-defined EDs were consecutively recruited. Five clinical characteristics were assessed: restraint, eating, shape and weight concerns on the EDE-Q, and daily functioning. CT was assessed by the childhood traumatism questionnaire...
November 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aske Astrup, Carsten B Pedersen, Pearl L H Mok, Matthew J Carr, Roger T Webb
BACKGROUND: Experience of child-parent separation predicts adverse outcomes in later life. We conducted a detailed epidemiological examination of this complex relationship by modelling an array of separation scenarios and trajectories and subsequent risk of self-harm. METHODS: This cohort study examined persons born in Denmark during 1971-1997. We measured child-parent separations each year from birth to 15th birthday via complete residential address records in the Civil Registration System...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Silvia R Brandalise, Marcos B Viana, Vitória R P Pinheiro, Núbia Mendonça, Luiz F Lopes, Waldir V Pereira, Maria L M Lee, Elitânia M Pontes, Gláucia P Zouain-Figueiredo, Alita C A C Azevedo, Nilma Pimentel, Maria Z Fernandes, Hilda M Oliveira, Sônia R Vianna, Carlos A Scrideli, Fernando A Werneck, Maria N Álvares, Érica Boldrini, Sandra R Loggetto, Paula Bruniera, Maria J Mastellaro, Eni M Souza, Rogério A Araújo, Flávia Bandeira, Doralice M Tan, Nelson A Carvalho, Maria A S Salgado
AIM: Maintenance therapy is an important phase of the childhood ALL treatment, requiring 2-year long therapy adherence of the patients and families. Weekly methotrexate with daily 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) constitutes the backbone of maintenance therapy. Reduction in the maintenance therapy could overweight problems related with poverty of children with ALL living in limited-income countries (LIC). OBJECTIVE: To compare, prospectively, the EFS rates of children with ALL treated according to two maintenance regimens: 18 vs...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Rachel Calam
Early adverse experiences can precede long-term negative effects on physical health. Children experiencing armed conflict, flight and displacement, and refugee life may be at enhanced risk. Recent psychobiological models integrating knowledge about perinatal and childhood stress with susceptibility to chronic illnesses in later life make clear the pressing need for protective provision for war-affected children, who experience multiple traumas and continuing stressors. There is increasing recognition of the mechanisms linking physical and mental health with adult diseases seen as developmental disorders with origins early in life...
October 30, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Miguel T Villodas, Kelly D Cromer, Jacqueline O Moses, Alan J Litrownik, Rae R Newton, Inger P Davis
Although researchers have found that child welfare placement disruptions are associated with elevated youth physical and mental health problems, the mechanisms that explain this association have not been previously studied. The present study built on a previous investigation of the physical and behavioral consequences of long-term permanent placement patterns among youth who participated in the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). The current investigation (n=251) aimed to (a) report the early adolescent living situations of youth with different long-term placement patterns, and (b) to delineate the roles of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and post-traumatic stress (PTS) reactions in the association between unstable long-term placement patterns and physical and mental health problems during the transition to adolescence...
December 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
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