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Family Problems Experienced in Childhood and Adolescence Affect Brain Development

(2/21/2014)

Family Problems Experienced in Childhood and Adolescence Affect Brain Development
ScienceDaily
February 19, 2014

New research has revealed that exposure to common family problems during childhood and early adolescence affects brain development, which could lead to mental health issues in later life. The study used brain imaging technology to scan teenagers aged 17-19. It found that those who experienced mild to moderate family difficulties between birth and 11 years of age had developed a smaller cerebellum, an area of the brain associated with skill learning, stress regulation and sensory-motor control. The researchers also suggest that a smaller cerebellum may be a risk indicator of psychiatric disease later in life, as it is consistently found to be smaller in virtually all psychiatric illnesses.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140219075213.htm


Keywords: family, childhood, adolescence, problems, brain, development



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