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Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface - The Hole in the Bridge
  • Chapter 1. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • ACEs Studies in Other Populations
  • ACEs in Children and Adolescents
  • Defining Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Knowing One's ACE Score
  • Chapter 2: Protective and Compensatory Experiences (PACEs): The Antidote to ACEs
  • PACEs: Relationships and Resources
  • PACEs Foundational Theories and Research
  • Our Research on PACEs
  • Knowing One's PACE Score
  • Part II - How Early Experience Influences the Body, Brain, and Behavior
  • Chapter 3. Effects of Early Life Adversity on Neurobiological Development
  • Models of Biobehavioral Responses to Childhood Adversity
  • Epigenetics and Childhood Adversity
  • The Effects of Childhood Adversity on Brain Structure and Function
  • Putting it all Together: The ICARE Model
  • Chapter 4. The Intergenerational Transmission of ACEs and PACEs
  • Psychosocial Transmission of Adversity and Resilience
  • Neurobiological Transmission of Parenting
  • Neurobiological Transmission of Adversity and Resilience
  • Conclusions and Activity: ACEs and PACEs Genograms
  • Part III. Breaking the Cycle of ACEs and Increasing PACEs
  • Chapter 5. Repairing the Effects of ACEs in Adulthood
  • ACE-Based Science as a Foundation for Interventions
  • Protective and Compensatory Experiences (PACEs) for Adults
  • Conclusions and Activity: Creating an Adult PACEs Plan
  • Chapter 6. Promoting Positive Development in Children with ACEs
  • PACEs for Children
  • PACEs for Adolescents
  • Enhancing Neurobiological Regulation
  • Fostering Positive Caregiver-Child Relationships
  • Systems Level Programs
  • Conclusions and Activity: Creating a Child PACEs Plan
  • Chapter 7. ACEs and PACEs and Communities
  • The Historical and Social Context of ACEs
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Community Coalitions Focused on ACEs and Resilience
  • Policy Change and Legislation
  • Adverse Community Environments and Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Pair of ACEs
  • Chapter 8: Putting It All Together: Summary and Solutions
  • What We Have Learned
  • Solutions - What to Do Next
  • Finding A Life Raft
  • References
  • Resources
  • Appendix: Questions for Reflection
  • Acknowledgements

About the Author

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D., is currently the Director at the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA) and Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Hays-Grudo received both her master's and doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Houston and her bachelor's in psychology from Texas Tech University. She has participated as the principal investigator on a number of National Institutes of Health-funded research grants to develop and evaluate individual and community health-related behavior changes.

Amanda Sheffield Morris, Ph.D., is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in child and adolescent adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. She received her PhD. from Temple University in Psychology, was a post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University, and taught at the University of New Orleans for five years. She is currently an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

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