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The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan

Middlebrooks, Jennifer S. and Audage, Natalie C. (2008) The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan. Project Report. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Stress is an inevitable part of life. Human beings experience stress early, even before they are born. A certain amount of stress is normal and neces-sary for survival. Stress helps children develop the skills they need to cope with and adapt to new and potentially threatening situations throughout life. Support from parents and/or other concerned caregivers is necessary for children to learn how to respond to stress in a physically and emotion-ally healthy manner.The beneficial aspects of stress diminish when it is severe enough to over-whelm a child’s ability to cope effectively. Intensive and prolonged stress can lead to a variety of short- and long-term negative health effects. It can disrupt early brain development and compromise functioning of the nervous and immune systems. In addition, childhood stress can lead to health problems later in life including alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases.The purpose of this publication is to summarize the research on childhood stress and its implications for adult health and well-being.

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    Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Project Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Stress; Childhood Stress; prolonged stress; negative health effects; alcoholism; depression; eating disorders; heart disease; cancer; chronic diseases.
    Subjects: Government Publications
    Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
    Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
    Government Publications > US Department of Health and Human Services > Centers for Disease Control
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    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 10 May 2011 13:08
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/932

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