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Adverse Childhood Experiences

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What began as a murder of a black man in a Midwestern town in 1959 spiraled into a pattern of racial violence and trauma visited on one family over successive generations.
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District officials in Washington, D.C. are working on creating trauma-informed schools. But how effective has the effort been at reducing excessive absences and failing grades?
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Exposure to domestic abuse can change how children view relationships, with effects that last a lifetime.
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Today’s San Francisco is both a microcosm of the challenge facing African-American public school students and a beacon for potential change.
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A shortage of Native foster families has led to pain, lawsuits, and echoes of a painful history.
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While scores of public agencies are working to develop resources and programs to address childhood trauma and toxic stress in their communities, San Joaquin County in California has been turning itself into a model for how to address the issue.
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Stress is a powerful force. It can help us survive, but in some cases, lead to a lifetime of medical issues. A kid can only endure so many stressful traumatic experiences before it impacts his health.
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So much of Luton’s childhood and adolescence seemed normal to her at the time. Her father mishandling her mother. Her brother coming after her with a metal poker. Her boyfriend with the meth addiction. All normal. It’s a wonder how she didn’t become a statistic herself.
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A young boy and his mother fled vicious gang violence in Central America, but the nightmares have followed him to Los Angeles. The lingering effects of trauma now pose a whole new threat to his health.
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A development biologist finds that the common zebrafish holds clues for how repeated exposure to stress can harm children's developing bodies and trigger a host of chronic health problems.

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