Why Stable Relationships Fight Trauma and Stress in Kids


FromĀ The Conversation: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause toxic stress, impacting children’s brain development and physical and mental health well into the future. Having a supportive relationship with a trusted adult can help lessen the impact of childhood trauma and build resilience.

“A critical component to toxic stress is that it occurs only in the absence of safe, stable and nurturing adult relationships. If children experience stress but also have a warm, loving adult to support them, then that child will be able to respond to and recover from even the most difficult of circumstances.”

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