Monday, February 28, 2011

From SAMSHA: A reminder that policies have consequences.

SAMSHA sent me a reminder today, that, in two months, it will with be Children's Mental Health Month. They included this graph, from some research out of ASPE in the last administration. In the accompanying report, it was pointed out that the way to prevent this from happening was to strengthen the social network around parents and children. So why are budget cuts in the current House Continuing Resolution targeting programs that support that very network? Full report available here.

"Young children exposed to five or more significant adversities in the first 3 years of childhood face a 76 percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language, or emotional development. The likelihood of delay increases in nearly a straight line with the number of risks.1

However, research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of stress and promote better outcomes for children even under stressful times when the following Strengthening Families Protective Factors2 are present:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

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