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Parents take different approaches to raising their kids. Maskot via Getty Images

Parenting styles vary across the US

In some regions of the country, mothers and fathers have different approaches than their counterparts in other regions.
One form of domestic abuse involves a parent breaking their child’s connection with the other parent. Mikhail Seleznev/iStock/Getty Images Plus

When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Some parents engage in domestic abuse by influencing their children to fear, dislike or distrust their other parent. What happens next is a cascade of losses.
Exposure to adverse childhood experiences, as well as disparities in social determinants of health, can significantly affect development and health in children. (Shutterstock)

How health care can respond to the lifelong impact of adverse childhood experiences

Adverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect and dysfunction at home may not seem like primarily medical problems, but they have significant and enduring impact on physical and mental health.
One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. (iStock)

Childhood adversity is a ‘cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems

One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
A study found that 22.8% of college students had experienced at least four adverse childhood experiences. Carol Yepes/Getty Images

Effects of childhood adversity linger during college years

Multiple difficult childhood experiences can lead to depression and anxiety during college, research has found. Lack of support often makes things worse.
Children play at the Children’s Centre at Capilano University in Capilano, B.C. (Sylvia Kind)

Federal budget 2021: 7 actions to ensure Canada’s ‘child-care plan’ is about education

Canada has an opportunity to become a world leader in early childhood education. With monumental federal support, this is the time to build a sustainable and relevant early education system.
Children wave American flags before an event with President-elect Joe Biden in November 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could transform American childhood

What happens over the next four years in Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration could have a lasting impact on how childhood is understood and experienced in the United States and beyond.

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