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Childhood abuse may accelerate biological aging

A study in Psychological Bulletin has found that youths who experienced threat-related trauma such as abuse or violence were more likely to show signs of accelerated aging on a cellular level and are more likely to enter puberty early compared with those who did not experience these traumas. However, the findings, based on a review of 54 studies assessing links of early-life adversity to pubertal timing and cellular aging and 25 studies evaluating early-life adversity and neural markers of accelerated development, showed that youths who experienced neglect or poverty did not exhibit either of the early-aging signs.

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