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How a Pandemic Could Advance the Science of Early Adversity

Educational Objective
To understand how COVID-19 can open an opportunity for the advantage of adversity management
1 Credit CME

The reach of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is global, a health crisis with a ubiquity never before experienced. While the physical health consequences of COVID-19 appear to affect proportionally fewer children compared with adults, its psychosocial consequences may be magnified within families who consistently weather a landscape of severe stressors or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs; eg, domestic violence, abuse, maltreatment, and parent mental health issues). Leveraging the scientific evidence of early childhood research can aid in developing and implementing evidence-based practices that reduce risk and promote resilience within vulnerable families.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Danielle Roubinov, PhD, 3333 California Ave, Ste 465, San Francisco, CA 94118 (danielle.roubinov@ucsf.edu).

Published Online: July 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2354

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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