Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental and Relational Health in a Statewide Sample: Associations Across Adverse Childhood Experiences Levels [jamanetwork.com]


By Christina Bethell, Jennifer Jones, Narangerel Gombojav, et al., JAMA Pediatrics, September 9, 2019

Question: Are positive childhood experiences (PCEs) associated with adult depression and/or poor mental health (D/PMH) and adult-reported social and emotional support (ARSES) independent from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)?

Findings: In this cross-sectional study, adults reporting higher PCEs had lower odds of D/PMH and greater ARSES after accounting for ACEs. The associations of PCEs with D/PMH also remained stable when controlling for ARSES.

Meaning: Positive childhood experiences demonstrate a dose-response association with adult D/PMH and ARSES after adjustment for ACEs; assessing and proactively promoting PCEs may reduce adult mental and relational health problems, even in the concurrent presence of ACEs.

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The very best positive childhood experience that any child could have would come associated with a secure attachment and a secure base from which the child can safely explore, I cannot stress this enough. Tackling ACEs, depends on supporting parent capabilities and supporting families and communities that can support parents capabilities to be present and to know the infant and child. 

And a child that is known will not be afraid of people and will be able to develop those social skills that lead to those social and emotional supports. 

And relational supports (health) is what heals ACEs and prevents them too.   

Love babies, support families and communities that support families. 

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