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Soc Work Public Health. 2014;29(1):1-16. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2011.619433.

Social work and adverse childhood experiences research: implications for practice and health policy.

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a School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, The State University of New York , Albany , New York , USA.

Abstract

Medical research on "adverse childhood experiences" (ACEs) reveals a compelling relationship between the extent of childhood adversity, adult health risk behaviors, and principal causes of death in the United States. This article provides a selective review of the ACE Study and related social science research to describe how effective social work practice that prevents ACEs and mobilizes resilience and recovery from childhood adversity could support the achievement of national health policy goals. This article applies a biopsychosocial perspective, with an emphasis on mind-body coping processes to demonstrate that social work responses to adverse childhood experiences may contribute to improvement in overall health. Consistent with this framework, the article sets forth prevention and intervention response strategies with individuals, families, communities, and the larger society. Economic research on human capital development is reviewed that suggests significant cost savings may result from effective implementation of these strategies.

PMID:
24188292
DOI:
10.1080/19371918.2011.619433
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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