Journal article

Inequalities in the Distribution of Childhood Adversity From Birth to 11 Years

Meredith O'Connor, Natalie Slopen, Laia Becares, David Burgner, David R Williams, Naomi Priest

ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Exposure to early adversity carries long term harmful consequences for children's health and development. This study aims to 1) estimate the prevalence of childhood adversity for Australian children from infancy to 10-11 years, and 2) document inequalities in the distribution of adversity according to socioeconomic position (SEP), Indigenous status, and ethnicity. METHODS: Adversity was assessed every 2 years from 0-1 to 10-11 years in the nationally representative birth cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (N = 5107). Adversity included legal problems; family violence; household mental illness; household substance abuse; harsh parenting; parental separation/div..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Naomi Priest is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship (APP1123677). The funding body had no role in the study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data; writing of the report; or the decision to submit the article for publication.