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Over the past two decades, a number of studies have demonstrated a relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and worse physical and mental health in adolescents and adults. Less well understood is how positive childhood experiences (PCEs) may lead to better health, even in the presence of adversity. Recently, a team of researchers from Brigham Young University have examined how PCEs and ACEs affect adolescent and adult physical and mental health in various samples. In each sample, participants completed a survey reporting on his or her childhood experiences and a series of adult health indicators. Corresponding to the Compensatory Model of Resiliency Theory, results from our samples have demonstrated that ACEs are linked with some poorer health indicators. However, irrespective of ACE score, PCEs lead to better health, particularly improved mental health. This presentation will cover three main areas. 1) An overview of the results from the recent BYU PCE studies; 2) A discussion of how these results can be applied to practice settings; and 3) Provide tools for measuring positive childhood experiences and a synthesis of some best practice efforts to reduce ACEs and increase PCEs.

Once you have attended this presentation, you will be able to:

1) Discuss the latest research around positive childhood experiences and the correlation to future development; and,
2) Compare this data and its use to that around ACEs and help create positive childhood experiences via education and intervention with families

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