Sources of resilience and their moderating relationships with harms from adverse childhood experiences

Public Health Wales, January 2018

People who have experienced abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as living with domestic violence during their childhood are at much greater risk of mental illness throughout life. However, this study also found that some basic community measures help build resilience which can help protect individuals from developing the mental health problems that ACEs can cause.  Developing resilience through access to a trusted adult in childhood, supportive friends and being engaged in community activities, such as sports, reduced the risks of developing mental illness; even in those who experienced high levels of ACEs.

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