Adverse Experiences Outside the Family
The significant finding of the study (1), that almost 80% of those questioned had no / little adverse childhood experiences in the family, confirms the highly protective effect of the family on the physical and mental health of their children, i.e. the next generation. Parents, siblings, and other relatives are the essential protection for children / young people from society and the environment.
Of the approximately 19 million under-19-year-olds in Germany, 2531 participated in the study. Unfortunately, these study participants were not asked about adverse experiences or even traumatic maltreatment outside the family, for example by educators, classmates, or other social environmental influences, even though such experiences are constantly reported in the media.
In order to present the entire prevalence of child maltreatment, further studies on the other influencing factors for maltreatment are essential.
Dr. med. Rainer Lohbeck
|1.||Witt A, Sachser C, Plener PL, Brähler E, Fegert JM: The prevalence and consequences of adverse childhood experiences in the German population. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2019; 116: 635–42 VOLLTEXT|