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Selected print and digital media on the topic of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and resilience are described below. If you’d like to suggest an addition to this list, please email your suggestions to connections@wlsmail.org. 
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ACES in the News:  The importance of this topic is communicated quickly in this 14 minute 60 Minutes broadcast (March 2018) hosted by Oprah Winfrey (you need CBS AllAcess to view.  Accessible to all is this  5 min interview with Oprah about the segment, which she called “life-changing”.   

The CDC-Kaiser ACES Study. (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html). This is the original study that  revealed how adverse childhood events impact health and well being throughout a lifespan.  This is linked from a Centers for Disease Control site on violence prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/) that site provides links to the original research including data on prevalence of specific ACEs in the population.

A 5 min summary of the science from the makers of the film Resilience is posted below in this ACES Primer:

ACES Too High News. (https://acestoohigh.com/)is a news site for the general public on all things ACEs-, trauma-informed, and resilience-building.

A February 2018 research report by Child Trends details the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, nationally, by state, and by race/ethnicity.  The report also provides a clear statement of the impact of ACEs.  Key findings:

  • One in ten children nationally has experienced three or more ACEs, placing them in a category of especially high risk. …
  • Economic hardship and divorce or separation of a parent or guardian are the most common ACEs reported nationally, and in all states.
  • Just under half (45 percent) of children in the United States have experienced at least one ACE…
  • Children of different races and ethnicities do not experience ACEs equally. Nationally, 61 percent of black non-Hispanic children and 51 percent of Hispanic children have experienced at least one ACE, compared with 40 percent of white non-Hispanic children and only 23 percent of Asian non-Hispanic children. …

The recent book by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, The Deepest Well,  explains the research,  her own experience using ACEs to guide her practice in California, and a review of ways in which this information can guide services to children and adults.  Ms. Harris’ 2015 Ted Talk provides a passionate summary of her experience.

The Resilience documentary features Dr. Harris.  An earlier documentary, Paper Tigers, explores the impact of adverse childhood events on the lives of teens.

Three core-concepts in early childhood development are explained in this three-part video series from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

Responding to Childhood Trauma – Gordon R. Hodas MD – A perspective on observations by adults of children who have experienced maltreatment.

The impact of adversity goes beyond the individual.  For a perspective on the impacts on a community, see this paper on The Community Loss Index.