Tackling Toxic Stress

“Tackling Toxic Stress,” a multi-part series of journalistic articles planned and commissioned by the Center, examines how policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in the field are re-thinking services for children and families based on the science of early childhood development and an understanding of the consequences of adverse early experiences and toxic stress.

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child created the categories of positive, tolerable, and toxic stress to help describe the body’s stress response and its varied effects on health, learning, and behavior.

Stories in the series describe how broader understanding of toxic stress has affected the programs and strategies of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the federal government, academic researchers, community agencies, and others.

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Pediatricians Take On Toxic Stress

A growing body of scientific evidence about the power of severe childhood stress to weaken brain architecture and damage lifelong health is prompting leading pediatricians to call for a seismic shift in pediatric primary care.

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Using Science to Drive New Approaches to Child Welfare

With their eyes on a more healthy, stable, and productive future for the nation’s most vulnerable children and families, federal child welfare officials are broadening their strategy—and giving states both flexibility and funds—to try to enhance caregiving and to reduce the adverse experiences that can trigger toxic stress and its damaging lifelong consequences.

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