Trauma Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Predict, Prevent, Plan: A New Tool from John VanDenBerg

April 21, 2023 | NWI

Wraparound pioneer John VanDenBerg co-authored this article and accompanying video describing a new tool for dealing with traumatic events. The article also recounts how the authors used the tool in their own professions, lives, and family.

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Parental Trauma Leaves Biological Traces in Children

September 23, 2022 | NWI

Parental adverse experiences may influence the next generation through multiple pathways. The most apparent route runs through parental behavior, but influences during gestation and even changes in eggs and sperm may also play a role. And all these channels seem to involve epigenetics: alterations in the way that genes function. This article from Scientific American reviews research and implications.

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Challenges for Families of Special-Needs Children Adopted from Overseas

August 7, 2022 | NWI

For years, evangelical Christians were enthusiastic supporters of adoption by sponsoring conferences, targeting adoption-friendly Sundays and staging adoption fairs in parish halls. Thousands of overseas children got new homes. Leading the way were evangelical luminaries such as recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman (three daughters from China) and then-Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore (two sons from Russia). Enthusiastic parents took up the challenge, traveling overseas for one or more children, even adopting special needs kids whose home countries were not interested in their care. More than a decade after this movement peaked, many families who went overseas are in crisis mode.

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Loneliness Damages Children’s Mental Health and Their Grades

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Children who feel lonely are more likely to leave school with worse grades than classmates who never experience loneliness. Even a temporary bout of loneliness at age 12 puts children at risk of worse qualifications when they leave school up to six years later, according to a new study.

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Childhood Stress and Adult Chronic Disease

February 24, 2022 | NWI

How is ongoing, severe stress and adversity in early childhood connected to chronic disease in adults? And, what can we do about it? In this animated video from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, learn what the latest science tells us about how early experiences affect not only early learning and school readiness, but also lifelong health.

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Sibling Bullying Linked to Poor Mental Health Years Later

October 17, 2021 | NWI

New research finds that children who consistently bully a sibling at a young age can push their brother or sister towards a greater risk of mental health and overall well-being issues later on in adolescence.

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Neighborhood Gun Violence Means Worse Mental Health for Kids

October 17, 2021 | NWI

Living within a few blocks of a shooting increases the risk that a child will end up visiting the emergency department for mental health-related problems.

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Witnessing a Parent’s Arrest Can Get ‘Under The Skin’ of a Child

October 17, 2021 | NWI

This policy brief describes the effects on children of witnessing a parent’s arrest, and offers policy recommendations to reduce trauma.

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A Year Into COVID-19: Mental Health, Suicide, and Black Youth

July 10, 2021 | NWI

The suicide death rate has been increasing faster among Black youth and young adults than among other racial/ethnic groups. This report discusses why this might be happening, and possible responses.

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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | NWI

To help educators think about how to discuss cases of racism, race-related violence, and police brutality and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere.

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