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epigenetics and child abuse
USC researchers are studying the mental health symptoms of young adults who were abused or neglected as children as it relates to their genetic expression dealing with current stressors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration/iStock)

A new approach to determining whether child abuse magnifies COVID mental health risk

The result could increase understanding of who is at greater risk in the context of the pandemic and who may benefit most from enhanced and targeted interventions.