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What Helps Kids Thrive in Face of Adversity? []


New research shows that certain family, social, and community supports may boost a child’s chances of thriving in the face of adversity.

According to researchers, people who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as economic hardship, exposure to violence, or the death of a loved one, are more likely to have lasting physical and mental health problems.

But a new research abstract presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting identifies several protective factors to help children avoid those problems.

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