Source: Mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Young Children’s Development – American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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]