Exposure to violence in children harms DNA, study says

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 23:00 in Psychology & Sociology

The damage is similar to that seen in aging, Duke researchers report. The study may help explain why people from abusive backgrounds have more risk of disease.Children who are exposed to violence experience wear and tear to their DNA that is similar to that seen in aging, according to a new study that may help explain why they face a heightened risk of mental and physical disorders as adults.

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