Childhood stress linked to emotional disorders

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2267
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Children who experience three or more stressful life events are at more risk of developing emotional and behavioural disorders, research has shown.

    However, having strong social links with networks of family and friends, being a member of a club or group, and feeling safe in the neighbourhood all offer a cushion against emotional damage, the findings from the Office for National Statistics study show.

    In the third survey on the emotional development and wellbeing of children aged 5-16 in England, Wales, and Scotland, the office investigated factors that protect children from emotional problems for the first time.

    The report covers a group of 7329 children assessed in 2004 and again in 2007, when 5364 …

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