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.


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Location: New Zealand

Partners: Children and Families Research Fund, New Zealand Ministry of Social Development

Timeframe: 2018-2019