Trauma in childhood may lead to adolescent depression, suggests study

Children in poor urban areas who suffered physical and emotional neglect, violence, and sexual abuse are likely to be associated with both adolescent depression and violent behavior, highlights a new study. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study incorporated ACEs suffered by 1,284 adolescents aged 10 to 14 in 14 “low-income urban settings” around the world.

It found remarkably common experiences with trauma–and very similar impacts–regardless of where the children lived. The study found that 46% of young adolescents reported experiencing violence, 38% suffered emotional neglect and 29% experienced physical neglect.