By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe, October 15, 2019
Traumatic events and toxic relationships during childhood can cast long shadows, often damaging mental health well into adulthood.
But a growing body of research suggests sustained, positive relationships with caring adults can help mitigate the harmful effects of childhood trauma. And specialists say pediatricians, social workers, and others who work with kids should take steps to monitor and encourage those healthy relationships — just as they’re careful to screen for abuse and neglect.
Otherwise, “we will miss attempts to help people recover or heal,” said Dr. Robert Sege, a pediatrician and researcher at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.