Adverse childhood experiences, traumatic events, and mental health among adults at two outpatient psychiatric facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa: a crosssectional analysis

By William Byansi  Dr. Michael Galvin  Zoleka Luvuno  Dr. Andrew Kim  Radhika Sundararajan  Alexander C. Tsai  Dr. Aneesa Moolla  |  | 

Adverse childhood experiences and adult trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and interpersonal violence, are highly prevalent in low-resource settings and associated with adverse psychological outcomes. However, there is limited focus on the impact of ACEs and trauma on mental health in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, this study examines the impact of traumatic events and ACEs on depression, anxiety, and stress scores among outpatients receiving psychiatric care at two public mental health treatment facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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BMC Psychiatry