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The Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group (Innovative Wellness) seeks to offer innovative solutions to prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote child and family well-being through the development and dissemination of empirically-based knowledge, practice, and policy.

Can parents reduce the negative impact of childhood trauma?

Young people who have experienced child abuse often struggle to cope in healthy ways. Many turn to alcohol, at even higher rates than the general young-adult population. What can concerned parents do? To find out, we conducted a study to examine how maternal and paternal warmth affects the impact of childhood exposure to maltreatment on […]

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Do adverse childhood experiences in childhood increase the risk for depression in new mothers?

Many who have experienced potentially traumatic events in childhood struggle with depression later in life. Previous research has highlighted the importance of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the increase of postpartum depression risks. Findings from our LIFE Study further supported the association between ACEs and postpartum depression. We found that ACEs were linked to increased […]

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