ACEs Toxic Stress, & Trauma

14Feb, 2015

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults

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Felitti et al. published this seminal work in the Journal of Preventive Medicine. This large-scale study linked Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to an increased risk of future adult health risks. The authors considered seven categories of (ACEs): psychological, physical, or sexual abuse, violence against mother; or living with household members who were substance abusers, mentally ill or suicidal, or ever imprisoned. […]

13Aug, 2014

The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

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This article published in the journal Pediatrics synthesizes research on neuroscience, molecular biology, genomics, developmental psychology and epidemiology to explain the effects of toxic stress on children. Early childhood stress contributes to changes in neurobiological and immune system development. The findings from these multiple disciplines suggest that adult disease can be influenced by a child’s early development.

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28May, 2014

Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation and “Use-Dependent” Development of the Brain: How “States” Become “Traits”

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Perry et al. reviews the organization, function and development of the human brain in the context of brain-mediated responses to threat. These principles allow for an understanding of how a traumatized child is affected now and in the future.

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12May, 2014

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents

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An article from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network synthesizes a wide array of research on the topic of complex trauma. Complex traumatic exposure refers to children’s experiences of multiple traumatic events that occur within the caregiving system – the social environment that is supposed to be the source of safety and stability in a child’s life.

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17Apr, 2014

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin

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In recent years, we have learned a great deal about the importance of childhood experiences to lifelong well-being. Early experiences have a broader and more profound impact than most of us would ever guess. Everyday interactions and experiences in infancy and childhood greatly influence the architecture of our developing brains and our subsequent emotional, cognitive, social and neurobiological functioning.

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16Apr, 2014

The Enduring Effects of Abuse and Related Adverse Experiences in Childhood

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A Journal Article from the European Archive of Clinical Psychiatry melds findings in the literature from both neurobiology and epidemiology. The authors combine these two disciplines to put forth a unique theory of how the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect the developing human brain.

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