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Children From 'Risky Families' Suffer Serious
Long-Term Health Consequences, UCLA Scientists Report
LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2002 (AScribe Newswire) -- In the first study to analyze more than a decade of research showing how a family's social environment influences physical and mental health, a team of UCLA scientists found strong evidence that children who grow up in "risky families" often suffer lifelong health problems, including some of society's most common serious ailments, such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety disorders, as well as early death.
The UCLA scientists found large numbers of studies that reveal a pattern of serious long-term health consequences for children who grow up in homes marked by conflict, anger and aggression; that are emotionally cold, unsupportive; and where children's needs are neglected. Some diseases do not show up until decades later, while others are evident by adolescence.
"Poor health begins early in life, as does good health," said Rena Repetti, associate professor of psychology at UCLA and lead author of the article, in the current issue of the journal Psychological Bulletin. "Growing up in risky families creates a cascade of risk, beginning early in life, which puts a child not only at ...
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