May 9, 2019
New study results published in Arthritis Care & Research found that “adverse childhood experiences” are more common among people with lupus.
In the University of California San Francisco study, adverse childhood experiences were categorized as abuse, neglect, and/or household challenges. Among people with lupus, 63.2 percent had at least one adverse childhood experience. Nearly 20 percent had four or more. These negative experiences were more prevalent among older women who were Latino or African American, without college degrees and who suffered lupus nephritis. Also patients who had more negative experiences reported worse disease activity, depression, and overall health.
Investigators concluded, “our study reinforces the need for prevention of ACEs in childhood and for clinical interventions to promote resilience among adults who have experienced ACEs.”