Children from ‘Risky Families’ Suffer Serious Long-term Health Consequences

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Households marked by conflict, anger, neglect and emotional detachment are more likely to produce children who suffer from life-long health problems such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety disorders, as well as early death. Children from risky households are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, smoke, act aggressively and engage in risky sexual activity when they become teenagers and adults. The analysis, based on a six-year review of more than 500 research studies released over the past 10 years, was published in the March edition of Psychological Bulletin. Free online. 115 pages. American Psychological Association, Subscriptions, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. (202) 336-5600,