Trauma and Resilience

Trauma and Resilience

New research is helping us better understand trauma and its impacts. Studies demonstrate the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a host of negative adult outcomes—from higher rates of substance use to increased cancer risks. At the same time, new science is helping us to understand how resilience helps us to process traumatic events in ways that minimize damage to physical health, mental health, and relationships. Those working at the front end of child welfare often work with children and adults who are working to heal from a history of trauma. This innovation stream focuses on understanding how trauma affects development, children’s relationship with caregivers, and parenting. We also focus on the processes, environments, and experiences that that undergird resilience, recovery, and healing.


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Are the Words "Toxic Stress" Toxic? Rethinking the Narrative About Early Life Stress

In our concern about early adversity, are we selling short the capacity of individuals and communities to heal and grow?

Using Science to Understand the Effects of Adversity and Build Resilience

How new science is changing how we think about early childhood adversity and resilience.

Understanding and Responding Proactively to Polyvictimization

New research is helping us better understand how to interrupt the patterns of polyvictimization and its impacts.

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