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March 2023

What works to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children. Trauma exposure and eating disorders: Results from a United States nationally representative sample. Adverse childhood experiences increase the risk for eating disorders among adolescents. Potential Points of Intervention to Minimize the Impact of Parents’ Adverse Childhood Experiences on Child Mental Health. Elucidating the relations between ACEs, age of exposure to adversity, and adult PTSS severity in pregnant women. A genetically informed Registered Report on adverse childhood experiences and mental health. Dissecting early life stress-induced adolescent depression through epigenomic approach. Child Maltreatment Prevention Service Cases are Significantly Reduced During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Longitudinal Investigation Into Unintended Consequences of Quarantine. Shelter in Place and an Alarming Increase in Penetrating Trauma in Children and Concerning Decrease in Child Abuse. Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study. Gender dysphoria in young people is rising – and so is professional disagreement. Transphobic Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Determinant of Mental and Sexual Health for Young Trans Women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Healthy masculinities and the wellbeing of young men and boys. Effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Among Maltreated Children: A Meta-Analysis. Creative arts and digital interventions as potential tools in prevention and recovery from the mental health consequences of adverse childhood experiences. Adults with a child maltreatment history: Narratives describing individual strengths that promote positive wellbeing. Poor Individual Risk Classification From Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening. Assessment of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Receipt of Behavioural Health Services Among Children and Adolescents. Screening for adverse childhood experiences in pediatrics: A randomized trial of aggregate-level versus item-level response screening formats. Examining Associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among Young Survivors of Urban Violence.

February 2023

Tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) State of the Art and Options for Action, Critical Incidents in Educational Contexts – Guidance on creating the best environment for recovery, Control alt delete – technology and children’s mental health, Predicted and observed impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns: two Health Impact Assessments in Scotland and Wales, COVID Social Mobility and Opportunities Study (COSMO) Wave 1 Initial Findings: Mental Health and Wellbeing, Children in mental health crisis spent more than 900,000 hours in A&E in England, An Evaluation of Whole-School Trauma-Informed Training Intervention Among Post- Primary School Personnel: A Mixed Methods Study, Lessons from lockdown: Autistic students, parents and mainstream schools, Lessons from lockdown: Autistic students, parents and mainstream schools, Parenting Programs to Reduce Recurrence of Child Maltreatment in the Family Environment: A Systematic Review, Universal Intervention to Strengthen Parenting and Prevent Child Maltreatment: Updated Systematic Review, The effect of perinatal interventions on parent anxiety, infant socio-emotional development and parent-infant relationship outcomes: A systematic review, Does Loneliness Mediate the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Pain Catastrophizing Among Women?, The Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Pain Management: Mechanisms, Processes, and Trauma-Informed Care, Parental Risk and Protective Factors in Child Maltreatment: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, Examining the influence of adversity, family contexts, and a family-based intervention on parent/child telomere length.

January 2023

Adverse childhood experiences and mental health problems in a nationally representative study of heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual Danes, Delays to mental health treatment in England putting more children in care?, Physical Abuse is one of the most serious Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Perpetration of Child Physical Punishment in Wales, Associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Lifetime Experience of Car Crashes and Burns: A Cross-Sectional Study, Positive Childhood Experiences Associate with Adult Flourishing Amidst Adversity: A Cross Sectional Survey Study with a National Sample of Young Adults, Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Birth to Thirty Cohort: Single, Cumulative, and Clustered Adversity, Intergenerational Transmission of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Children’s Outcomes: A Scoping Review, Intergenerational Transmission of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Children’s Outcomes, Maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their associations with intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: Results from a Brazilian birth cohort, Social thinning and stress generation after childhood maltreatment: a neurocognitive social transactional model of psychiatric vulnerability, The association between adverse childhood experiences and common mental disorders and suicidality: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, Adverse childhood experiences and risk of diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Hospital admissions for stress-related presentations among school-aged adolescents during term time versus holidays in England: weekly time series and retrospective cross-sectional analysis, Identifying adverse childhood experiences with electronic health records of linked mothers and children in England: a multistage development and validation study, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adolescent Police Contact in the United Kingdom, The Social Determinants of Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Intersectional Analysis of Place, Access to Resources, and Compounding Effects, Parenting Programs That Address Physical Abuse in Childhood for Families of Children With Developmental Disabilities in Mainland China: Systematic Review and Meta-Regression, A National Profile of Families and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities and/or Medical Complexity, Shame and Self-Compassion Connect Childhood Experience of Adversity With Harm Inflicted on the Self and Others.

November 2022

The 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: health at the mercy of fossil fuels, Climate change, biodiversity and mental health, ‘It is beyond bleak’: Pakistan floods affecting 16m children, says Unicef, Immediate “Kangaroo Mother Care” and Survival of Infants with Low Birth Weight, Impact of a package of health, nutrition, psychosocial support, and interventions delivered during preconception, pregnancy, and early childhood periods on birth outcomes and on linear growth at 24 months of age factorial, individually randomised controlled trial, Using network analysis to illuminate the intergenerational transmission of adversity, Using systems-mapping to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma: A qualitative study of stakeholder experiences, A return to austerity will further damage the public’s health, Teachers reveal scale of pupils’ hunger as 100,000 frozen out of free school meals, Childhood Adversity Trajectories and Violent Behaviours in Adolescence and Early Adulthood, Madeleine Salo and colleagues from University of Albany School of Public Health report an analysis of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, Longitudinal Effects from Childhood Abuse to Bullying Perpetration in Adolescence, Risky Gambling Behaviors: Associations with Mental Health and a History of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Alexithymia in individuals maltreated as children and adolescents: a meta-analysis, The development of empathy in child maltreatment contexts, Spanking and children’s social competence: Evidence from a US kindergarten cohort study, A National Profile of Families and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities and/or Medical Complexity, We have been in lockdown since he was born’: a mixed methods exploration of the experiences of families caring for children with intellectual disability during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, Genetic and early environmental predictors of adulthood self-reports of trauma, Stresses of young Asylum Seekers, Child asylum seekers say UK officials pressed them to lie about their age, Unvetted staff working in hotels housing child asylum seekers, Health Care Burden and Expenditure Associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences in Tennessee and Virginia, The Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Pain Management: Mechanisms, Processes, and Trauma-Informed Care, Childhood Adversity Among Adults With Chronic Pain: Prevalence and Association With Pain-related Outcomes, Developmental trauma: Conceptual framework, associated risks and comorbidities, and evaluation and treatment, Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, Parent Perspectives on Adverse Childhood Experiences & Unmet Social Needs Screening in the Medical Home: A Qualitative Study

October 2022

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, How COVID hit poorer pupils harder: 6 key findings, ‘The bleakest of worlds’: how Molly Russell fell into a vortex of despair on social media, Schools in England warn of crisis of ‘heart-breaking’ rise in hungry children, Stressors and symptoms associated with a history of ACEs among older adolescents and young adults during the COID-19 pandemic in Manitoba Canada, Psychological First Aid (PFA), Adverse childhood experiences and severity of levels of inflammation and depression from childhood to young adulthood: a longitudinal cohort study, Association of Unhealthy Lifestyle and Childhood Adversity with Acceleration of Aging Among UK Biobank Participants, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Health, and Risk Behaviours in Adulthood: Exploring Sex, Racial, and Ethnic Group Differences in a Nationally Representative Sample, The prevalence of non-accidental trauma among children with polytrauma: A nationwide level-I trauma centre study, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Critically Ill Children, Stressful Life Events Among Children Aged 5-17 Years by Disability Status: United States 2019, Early life adversity shapes neural circuit function during sensitive postnatal developmental periods, Association of Elevated Maternal Psychological Distress, Altered Fetal Brain, and Offspring Cognitive and Social- Emotional Outcomes at 18 Months, Patterns of Maternal Childhood Maltreatment and Disrupted Interaction Between Mothers and Their 4-Month- Old Infants, The epigenetic impact of adverse childhood experiences through the lens of personalized medicine, toxic stress and trauma informed neurology, Relationship Between Cumulative Adverse Childhood Experiences and Myocardial Infarction in Adulthood: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, The Link Between Childhood Adversity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Role of Cerebral and Systemic Vasculature, The Typology and Topography of Child Abuse and Neglect: The Experience of a Tertiary Children’s Centre, Measuring positive memories of home and family during childhood: The development and initial validation of the ‘Memories of Home and Family Scale’, The general aim behind the ACE-IQ development was to provide health professionals with a tool able to assess adversities occurring in a child’s life worldwide, to study their possible implications in different countries, allowing international comparisons in several ACEs occurrences and frequency. The WHO has also encouraged translating and inserting the ACE-IQ in broad health surveys with the additional aim to test the reliability and validity of this questionnaire in different countries. More than ten years later since the first ACE-IQ release, a systematic review on research employing the ACE-IQ summarizes the state-of-art in achieving such aims. The authors report separately on the International ACE-IQ with normative low risk populations, and high risk populations, The child and Adolescent Trauma Screen 2 (CATS-2) – validation of an instrument to measure DSM-5 and ICD-11 PTSD and complex PTSD in children and adolescents.

September 2022

Stories include; Fears of widespread child hunger spark calls for universal free school meals in UK, Failures to consider children’s needs during the Pandemic, Safeguarding children in England, Continuing concerns about how refugee children are cared for, Safeguarding and the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers, Parenting in Times of War: A Meta-Analysis and Qualitative Synthesis of War Exposure Parenting and Child Adjustment, How can we help the children of Ukraine and others affected by military conflict?, Supporting Hosts of Ukranian Families, Review: Cultural adaptations to psychosocial interventions for families a systematic review, ACE’s in various publications, Child maltreatment and incident mental disorders in middle and older ages: a retrospective Biobank cohort study, The occurence and co-occurence of ACEs and their relationship to mental health in the US and Ireland, The relationship between childhood maltreatment and mental health problem: coping strategies and social support as mediators, Global, regional, and national prevelance estimates of physical or sexual, or both, IPV against women in 2018, Risk factors for intimate partner violence prepetration among college students: Impact of childhood adversities, A meta analysis of childhood maltreatment in relation to psychopathic traits, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Among Young Robbery Offenders in London: Targeting Treatment for Desistance?, Violent media in childhood and seriously violent behaviour in adolescence and young adulthood, Reinforcing child protection online – Holding internet companies to account, Can Common Elements Support a Public Health Approach to Child Maltreatment?, Trauma therapy, Training Newly Qualified Social Workers: Evaluation of an evidence-based training and coaching programme, Sure Start children’s centres prevented 13,000 hospital admission a year, study estimates, Mindfulness – a whole school approach.

July 2022

Stories include; Adverse childhood events causally contribute to mental illness – we must act now and intervene early, Association of Childhood Adversity With Morbidity and Mortality in US Adults: A Systematic Review, Examining Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) within Indigenous Populations: a Systematic Review,  Continuing concerns about Ukrainian Families in the UK, Mo Farah case highlights fate of less famous victims of trafficking, Therapeutic Work for Undocumented Asylum Seekers – UASC, Traumatic Bereavement, The horrors of offshore detention centres, Continuing disagreements between UNHCR and Home Office over Rwanda Asylum Policy, Supporting parenting among Syrian refugees in Lebanon: a randomized controlled trial of the caregiver support intervention, Psychological legacies of intergenerational trauma under South African apartheid: Prenatal stress predicts greater vulnerability to the psychological impacts of future stress exposure during late adolescence and early adulthood in Soweto, Understanding the relationships between trauma type and individual posttraumatic stress symptoms, Trust and childhood maltreatment: evidence of bias in appraisal of unfamiliar faces, Understanding Children’s Emotions: Differences in Mothers With a History of Childhood Maltreatment, A mediational analysis of adverse experiences in childhood and quality of life in adulthood,  The emergence of political priority for addressing child sexual abuse in the UK.

June 2022

Stories include; Ukraine Clinical Guidance, Advice for Host Families of Ukrainian Families, Therapeutic work with asylum seekers, Abuse in Gymnastics, Ongoing Concerns about the impact of the Pandemic as an adverse experience in the lives of children and young people, Disruptions to School and Home Life Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Adverse childhood experiences for schools e-learning, Overhaul of children’s social care in England, Exploring the onset, duration, and temporal ordering of adverse childhood experiences in young people adjudicated for sexual offences, The Long-Term Health and Human Capital Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences, The mediating role of anxiety/depression symptoms between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and somatic symptoms in adolescents, Childhood maltreatment and its role in the development of pain and psychopathology, The positive impact of prohibition of corporal punishment on children’s lives: messages from research, Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Primary Care: Challenges and Considerations.

May 2022

Stories include; Need for Therapeutic services for Ukrainian Children and families, Improving outcomes for refugees and asylum-seeking children by Dr. Sarah Davidson MBE, Talking to Children and Young people about the war in Ukraine by Sheila Redfern, Factors which influence the mental health and well-being of refugee children by Stella Arakelyan and Alastair Ager, Advice on the Mental health of asylum seekers and refugees from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, whilst Genevieve Mansell has written an Editorial for the BMJ on Sexual violence in Ukraine, Racism, Mental Health and Trauma by Prof. Eamon McCrory and Prof. Helen Minnis, Update on screening for ACEs, Sarah Loveday and colleagues from the Murdoch Centre in Victoria Australia conducted a valuable systematic review of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children, Maximising the benefit of screening from Sandra Jee and Heather Forkey, ACE’s Assessment in primary care by Sabrina Liu, finally Lee Smith Battle and colleagues from the University of Nebraska review Evidence for Revising the Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Tool

April 2022

Stories include; Professor Andrea Danese and Dr. Stephanie J Lewis in their leader ‘New Directions in Research on Childhood Adversity’ for the British Journal of Psychiatry, an approach to providing effective interventions by Sarah Lester, Meeena Khatwa and Katy Sutcliffe, Research On Trauma Informed Care from Early Intervention Foundation’s Dr. Kristen Assmussen, interventions for complex maltreatment-trauma specific interventions from Child and Family Training, and pandemic concerns from Mark Bellis and colleagues from Bangor University. We’ll be discussing these topics more in the ACEs SIG Forum, so do please join us using the above registration process.

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