Most Californians Have Childhood Trauma That Links to Chronic Disease, Depression, Violence

November 7, 2014 6:40 PM

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Nearly two-thirds of California adults have experienced at least one type of major childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or living with a family member who abuses alcohol or is depressed, according to a report released yesterday.

The report -- "Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California" -- also reveals the effects of those early adversities: a startling and large increased risk of the adult onset of chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer, mental illness and violence or being a victim o...

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