Factors that help children thrive in the face of adversity

American Academy of Pediatrics. ScienceDaily. Published online: 30 April 2016.

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Research suggests certain family, social and community supports help protect kids from long-term physical and mental health problems that can result from childhood hardship and trauma

Research shows that 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 to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting suggests that certain family, social and community assets may boost a child’s chances of flourishing in the face of adversity.

For the study, “The Relative Contributions of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthy Environments to Child Flourishing,” researchers analyzed data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, to gauge children’s health and well-being, physical, emotional and behavioral health indicators, family context and neighborhood environment.

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