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Turbulent Childhood Tied to Teen Health Risks

HealthReporter author Nadzeya Sankovich
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Last update: October 17, 2023
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Turbulent Childhood Tied to Teen Health Risks

Key Takeaways

  • Research reveals that unstable childhood, marked by frequent moves, significantly links to higher body mass index and C-reactive protein levels in adolescence.
  • The study uncovers a strong connection between traumatic events and disruptive life changes, especially in marginalized communities.

A recent research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health takes a close look at how childhood adversity affects the health of young people. It specifically focuses on two types of hardships: trauma, like being a victim of a crime or losing someone close, and instability, such as moving a lot or changes in the family.

Digging deep into the long-term effects of tough childhoods, the researchers found that growing up in an unstable environment can lead to higher health risks. In particular, instability and trauma are connected to having a higher body mass index and more C-reactive protein (CRP).

Elevated levels of CRP are often associated with chronic inflammation, which is linked to various health conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

The results suggest that the experiences individuals go through early in life play a complicated role in how healthy they are as teenagers. The authors call for more investigation into what can bring stability to families facing challenges. 

This is especially crucial for those in marginalized communities, such as immigrant and refugee populations, low-income urban areas, and indigenous communities.

Why It’s Important to You

When it comes to your kids, try setting up an environment where you can have real, open conversations. Let them know they’re supported and that it’s okay to express how they feel, especially during moves or difficult times. In cases of distressing experiences, do not hesitate to seek the help of mental health experts who have expertise in dealing with such situations.

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Sources

Schuler, B. Gardenhire, A. Jones, S. (2023, October 15). Exploring the Association Between Trauma, Instability, and Youth Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes Over Three Years. Journal of Adolescent Health.
https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(23)00476-7/

Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Nadzeya Sankovich is the Vice President of Communications at Health Reporter. Previously a professional journalist, she continues to write scientific articles and conduct research. With a background in sociology and medicine, she has worked with various healthcare organizations, from charities to telemedicine platforms.

Nadzeya is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a volunteer for a non-profit organization that helps underserved communities. Through her work, she empowers people to take charge of their health and well-being.
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