Narrator: This is Science Today. Childhood trauma could have a significant impact on our health as adults. According to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, people who experience violence, abuse and neglect as children are at increased risk for disease and early mortality during adulthood.
O'Donovan: What we found in this study was that there was almost a graded association. So having multiple different kinds of childhood trauma is more of a risk factor for ill health.
Narrator: Psychiatric researcher Aoife O'Donovan explains that, because the long-term health risks are so high, more resources should be directed at providing multidisciplinary preventative care for at-risk children.
O'Donovan: Evidence is really
accumulating that those early life experiences are critical. If we can invest
in prevention, find out what the risk factors are and help people at the
earliest possible point, that is the way forward. It's never going to be easy
but there has to be more of a focus on prevention.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.