Early life stress is associated with youth-onset depression for some types of stress but not others

A new meta-analysis led by DAS Lab Director, Dr. Joelle LeMoult found that individuals exposed to ELS were more than twice as likely to develop MDD before the age of 18 years than were individuals without a history of ELS. In particular, individuals who experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, death of a family member, domestic violence, or emotional abuse were significantly more likely to develop depression by childhood or adolescence than were those without a history of exposure.

Dr. LeMoult joined UBC’s Psychology Department for a Q&A to talk about this study and its implications! Read her interview here.

You can also read about this study in Science Daily’s article here.