What’s the Effect of Early Childhood Stress?

Children in Finland who were temporarily separated from their parents during World War II were more likely to have elevated blood pressure than Finnish children who were not separated from their parents.  

  • Children who were separated had significantly higher systolic blood pressure than those who were not separated.
  • Those children who were separated at an earlier age had higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the non-separated children.  
  • Even children who were separated from parents for less than a year had higher systolic blood pressure than the control group.

Abstract: Early life stress and blood pressure levels in late adulthood, Journal of Human Hypertension

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