Adverse Childhood Experiences, Protective Factors and School Readiness
This research, funded by the New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research Fund, looked at the prevalence, school readiness outcomes and protective factors around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in New Zealand children. The researchers identified protective factors that may allow some children to experience no ACEs, despite being at heightened risk of experiencing multiple ACEs. They also found that a child’s performance in cognitive tests at four-and-a-half years of age declined in direct correlation with the number of ACEs they had experienced.
- Walsh, M. C., Joyce, S., Maloney, T., & Vaithianathan, R. (2019). Exploring the Protective Factors of Children and Families Identified at Highest Risk of Adverse Childhood Experiences by a Predictive Risk Model: An Analysis of the Growing up in New Zealand Cohort. Children and Youth Services Review, 104556.
- Walsh, M. C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Joyce, S. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and school readiness outcomes Results from the Growing up in New Zealand study, Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
- Walsh, M. C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Joyce, S. (2019). Protective factors of children and families at highest risk of adverse childhood experiences: An analysis of children and families in the Growing up in New Zealand data who “beat the odds” Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.
- Walsh, M. C., Joyce, S., Maloney, T., & Vaithianathan, R. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and school readiness outcomes: results from the Growing Up in New Zealand study. The New Zealand medical journal, 132(1493), 15‐24
- NZ Herald (Jamie Morton) Home truths: what hurts and helps Kiwi kids' development, 12 April 2019
- Stuff (Hannah Martin), Early trauma at home can hurt a child's readiness for school - study , 12 April 2019
Location: New Zealand
Partners: Children and Families Research Fund, New Zealand Ministry of Social Development