Developmental and mental health characteristics of children exposed to psychosocial adversity and stressors at the age of 18-months: Findings from a population-based cohort study.


Center for Developmental & Applied Psychological Science (CeDAPS), Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Electronic address: [Email]


Prior research on adverse experiences in early childhood has mainly focused on at-risk populations while studies of unselected populations are scarce. This topic therefore remains to be elucidated in broader child populations. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to examine if and to what extent children from a general population sample are exposed to psychosocial adversity and stressors in early childhood and whether the development and mental health of children with and without such exposure differ at the age of 18-months.


Adverse childhood experiences,Adversity,Development,Early childhood,Mental health,