Coming Tuesday: Starting Early

A can’t-miss series on the long reach of childhood trauma

by Arielle Levin Becker

Research indicates that childhood trauma and other forms of significant adversity are common – and they’re linked to a wide range of mental and physical health problems, including depression, heart disease and cancer. But studies also suggest that having a strong bond with a supportive caregiver can help to protect a child from the physiological effects of significant adversity.

Starting next week, The Mirror will explore the science of childhood trauma, neglect and chronic stress. The four-part series will examine research into how early experiences can contribute to adult diseases, Connecticut initiatives to apply brain science to help young children and families overcome significant adversity and prevent deeper problems from developing later on, and efforts to better recognize when children need help coping with trauma.

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