Childhood adversity and adult onset of hypertension and heart disease in São Paulo, Brazil

Canada Parrish, Pamela J. Surkan, Silvia S. Martins, Wagner F. Gattaz, Laura Helena Andrade, Maria Carmen Viana

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Using data from the São Paulo Megacity Mental Health Survey and logistic regression models, we studied how childhood neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and family violence were related to adult hypertension and heart disease. After adjustment for sociodemographic factors, child physical abuse was associated with hypertension and heart disease, whereas family violence was associated with hypertension. Efforts to curb child physical abuse could potentially reduce subsequent hypertension and heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number130193
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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