Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Adverse Childhood Experiences

AAP Releases New Policy Statement on Improving Pediatric Injury Care

September 19, 2016
Last month the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a Policy Statement on Management of Pediatric Trauma to guide a comprehensive approach for improving outcomes for injured children. With 20 million children injured each year in the US, this guidance is timely and much needed. In this post, Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD shares key points from the statement that highlight the need to attend to the emotional recovery of injured children.

Having an Incarcerated Parent: The mental health needs of affected children

August 22, 2016
This guest blog from Research Experiences for Undergraduates student Ellyn Butler explores the short- and long-term outcomes for children with incarcerated mothers.

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Consider a Public Health Approach to Traumatic Stress Prevention

March 30, 2016
The vast population-level impact of trauma exposure among children and youth provides a compelling example of the need for a public health approach to preventing posttraumatic stress among the young.

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Glen's Village

November 5, 2015
I recently learned about the amazing film “Glen’s Village” featuring the journey of one of my former patients, Glen Casey. His trajectory to becoming a student at The University of Pennsylvania, including the impact of childhood trauma, was the subject of a documentary produced by the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Read more to learn about the film.

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Should Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Include Community-level Indicators?

October 22, 2015
Current knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), or the association between childhood trauma and long-term health and social consequences, relies on data predominantly collected from middle to upper-middle class participants who were fairly well educated and predominantly white. New research led by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Research Workgroup uses a more socioeconomically and racially diverse urban population to measure both Conventional and Expanded (community-level) ACEs.

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