Mitigating the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Events

Adverse childhood events can disrupt healthy brain architecture during development. Research by the CDC found that the more adverse childhood events that occurred in someone’s life, the more social and health problems they had as adults - with even one event causing a permanent detrimental effect. The neural connections that get made when children live through trauma resulted in a higher risk of social, emotional, and health issues.

How Professionals Can Help

Fortunately, the support of a nurturing, responsive caregiver can buffer children from the risk that adverse events will cause them harm. By developing the protective factors in children’s lives, adults can shield them from the long term negative outcomes that come from traumatic childhood events.