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American Psychologist Special Issue: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Translating Research to Action [apa.org]

 

The American Psychological Association has published a special issue focusing on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In this special issue you will find a variety of articles addressing ACEs and the impact they have on us from biology to policy.

From the American Psychological Association, "The goal of this special issue is to publish articles that encompass the range of work being conducted in research, practice, programs, and policy in psychology and allied disciplines. This emphasis is captured in its subtitle: Translation to Action." The issue is divided into three sections:

Science, practice, and policy related to adverse childhood experiences: Framing the conversation.

How Broadly Should Adverse Childhood Experiences Be Defined?


How Should Adverse Childhood Experiences Be Assessed?


How Can Adverse Childhood Experiences Science Translate Into High Quality Services?



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Proactive measures may be needed to avoid later having to reactively treat (often with tranquilizing medication) potentially serious and life-long symptoms caused by a dysfunctional environment, neglect and/or abuse. And if we’re to avoid the dreadedly invasive conventional reactive means of intervention β€” that of governmental forced removal of children from dysfunctional/abusive home environments β€” maybe we then should be willing to try an unconventional proactive means of preventing some future dysfunctional/abusive family situations. Child development science curriculum might be one way. Furthermore, mental health-care needs to generate as much societal concern β€” and government funding β€” as does physical health, even though psychological illness/dysfunction typically is not immediately visually observable.

Regardless of whether individually we’re doing a great job with our own developing children, however, we all have some degree of vested interest in every child receiving a mentally healthy start in life, considering that communally everyone is exposed (or at least potentially so) to every other parent’s handiwork. And this is from a purely self-serving perspective. I personally feel that the wellbeing of all children in general β€” and not just what other parents’ dysfunctional children will cost us as future criminals or costly cases of government care, etcetera β€” should be of great importance to us all.

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