New research has shown that adverse experiences in childhood may lead to onset of depression and lesser inhibitory control in adulthood.
The study conducted among 53 volunteers with mental depression and 40 healthy adults not suffering from depression revealed distinct correlation between adverse childhood experiences and depression. The group that had undergone childhood adversities lacked inhibitory control or self-control when given a computerised test with Go/No-Go task. According to researchers, childhood adversities including bullying, sexual, physical abuse, neglect, lack of encouragement or motivation can lead to a number of negative outcomes for the individual as it attains adulthood. It can be cognitive, emotional and social leading to parental separations and divorce in the family.
The study points out the need for children to be brought up in an encouraging and positive environment in critical development stages of childhood. This will ensure that they develop into healthy, responsible adults.