A positive environment will play an essential role in child development, but it is also important to evaluate the long-term evolution of children who underwent adversity while they were in the early stages.
A new paper argues that a wonderful childhood includes a variety of factors, including teachers who can advise and guide children towards a healthy road. Positive experiences in childhood will lead to better mental and physical health upon becoming an adult, even if some issues could surface.
During the study, the researchers observed that even if a child was exposed to four or more adverse childhood experience (also known as ACEs) a large number of advantageous childhood experiences (Counter-ACEs) was able to decrease the harmful effects of ACEs after they became adults. Participants were asked to report the number of ACEs and Counter-ACEs events experienced during their childhood.
Positive Environment Help Healthy Child Development
Among the ACEs, we can count having a family member who went to jail, alcoholism, mental issues, the death of a family member or close acquaintance, abuse, and abandon. In the case of Counter-ACEs, we can count having good friends and neighbors, having beliefs which provide soothing thoughts and comfort, enjoying school and related activities, encountering teachers who care about the development of the students, having a trusted caregiver, chances to have fun, a healthy routine and feeling happy with yourself.
Data collected during the study infers that approximately 75% of the participants mentioned at least one adverse childhood experience, with an average amount of ACEs which reached 2.67 per person. In contrast, the average positive experience score reached 8.15, and 39% of the participant experienced all the Counter-ACEs.
The researchers also examined a large number of physical factors, including BMI, specific diet and exercise habits, sleep difficulties, and tobacco consumption. A series of tests examined mental performance, cognitive surveying abilities, levels of stress and depression, emotional reactions to certain stimuli and others. The study was published in a scientific journal.