A UCLA study published today in the journal "Pediatrics" looked at people who had absent parents or otherwise difficult childhoods..even traumas. Their children were more likely to have behavioral and emotional issues. The hardships included divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness.
A mother having childhood trauma affects her children more according to the study. Researchers are now hoping to expand the study to see if that original trauma can continue to have an impact on grandchildren.
The goal now is being able to identify the at risk children early on and conenct them with needed services.