Life stressors impact Indigenous kids’ health

Half of the sample of 344 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who had a mean age of seven, had experienced at least one stressful event in their life, such as the death of a family member or friend, parental divorce or separation, incarceration of a family member or witnessing violence or abuse.

Parents of these children had greater concerns about their behaviour compared to parents of other children. And the children’s physical health was also poorer, with a history of ear and skin infections

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