This study examined how mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relate to their children’s developmental risk and assessed how the association is mediated through mothers’ depressive symptoms and fair/poor health. The authors found that mothers’ ACEs are significantly associated with developmental risks for their children. These findings build on research showing that childhood adversities increase risk for adult chronic disease, poor behavioral health, and economic insecurity, by demonstrating that mothers’ exposure to ACEs increases likelihood of their report of their children’s developmental risk as measured by a validated screening instrument. [To read the full article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine go to: https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30422-1/abstract]
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Thanks to a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we were able to partner with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to create a research page for our work on trauma and resiliency. We believe that understanding the impact of trauma, adopting trauma-informed practices and supporting resiliency is vital to the long-term success of our work, and there's a growing body of research to support us. Trauma, especially in childhood, has a significant impact on people's physical, mental and behavioral health. Trauma is not destiny, however, and evidence-based practices that promote resiliency in individuals and communities are an important part of our work. We hope that this page will serve as a resource for other organizations engaging in similar efforts.