Childhood Adversity and Mental Health in Later Years

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: Childhood adversity has been proven to result in various poor outcomes including depression. Most studies examined the impact of these events on adolescents and young adults, leaving a lack of information regarding how it may affect the elderly. Using data from Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) in 2018, we examine the effect of childhood adversity on mental health in later years. To proxy childhood adversity, we focus on the experiences of starvation in childhood. We find that older adults who experienced starvation in childhood had higher odds of having depressive and anxiety symptoms. We also find a more
significant effect on the younger cohort. This finding is robust to alternative ways of measuring childhood adversity.
Period28 Mar 2023
Event titleECON Brownbag Seminars
Event typeSeminar
OrganiserDepartment of Economics
LocationHong Kong, Hong KongShow on map