Brief Aims to Better Understand How Positive Factors Change Child Trauma [socialjusticesolutions.org]

According to a leading group of children’s advocates, it’s not enough to just study the impact of childhood trauma and how we can lessen its toll on children and adults later in life.

Armed with new data, researchers from Center for the Study of Social Policy, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Prevent Child Abuse America, Casey Family Programs and the Montana Institute say that positive childhood experiences are more important than we think.

By now, the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor health outcomes later in life have become well established and the focus of efforts to change policy and practice. In an effort to measure the impact of childhood trauma, 32 states and the District of Columbia now conduct surveys that include questions about ACEs.

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