Adversities of Childhood Experience and School Readiness - Focus on children born to teen and non-teen mothers in the Growing Up in New Zealand data

April-2021

This research looked at the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among children of teen mothers within the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) cohort, and the extent to which the number of ACEs experienced relates to a child’s school readiness.

The researchers found ACES are more commonly experienced by children of teen mothers and observed a negative relationship between an increasing number of ACEs and a child’s school readiness. However, as researchers found poorer performance on school readiness tests at all levels of ACEs exposure, this suggests that children born to teen mothers might benefit from support to improve school readiness, even if observed ACE scores are low.

Citation:
Walsh, M.C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Pereda-Perez, P.  (2021). Adversities of Childhood Experience and School Readiness - Focus on children born to teen and non-teen mothers in the Growing Up in New Zealand data. [PDF] Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.

School Readiness, Adversities in Childhood Experience and Access to Government Services: A Scoping Study on Potential Protective Factors

April-2021

This scoping study explored the extent to which government services across three domains: Healthcare, Early Childhood Education and Social Services, might offset negative impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improve school readiness. It used data from the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study.

The researchers found that, for children who had experienced multiples ACEs, four factors had the largest potential effect on school readiness. All those factors related to a child’s access to a general practitioner. The researchers also note their findings suggest access to good quality, paid early childhood education may have a role to play in closing the gaps in school readiness for children who experience ACEs.

Citation:
Walsh, M.C., Maloney, T., Vaithianathan, R., & Pereda-Perez, P. (2021). School Readiness, Adversities in Childhood Experience and Access to Government Services: A Scoping Study on Potential Protective Factors. [PDF] Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.