UCLA researchers find childhood trauma can have intergenerational effects

July 9, 2018

A study conducted by a team led by Adam Schickedanz (UCLA pediatrician, health services researcher and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) was featured on ABC News. Their findings revealed that trauma experienced by an individual before the age of 18 can transcend generations, and can affect the children of those who experienced trauma – these children have an increased risk of developing ADHD and mental health diseases, like anxiety and depression, if their parents have suffered four or more adverse childhood events (ACEs).

Source: Trauma suffered in childhood echoes across generations, study finds ABC News, 09 July 2018

Additional coverage: 

Parents who had severe stresses, trauma in childhood more likely to have kids with behavioral health problems UCLA Newsroom, 08 July 2018