Study confirms value of positive relationships such as those at Club

Christina Bethell of the Johns Hopkins School of Health has published a study in the Journal of the American Pediatric Association showing that individuals who report more positive childhood interactions with adults outside the home are less likely to have problems associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

ACES such as poverty, parental addiction and neglect are linked to depression, poor mental health, and insufficient social and emotional support later in life.

In an interview with National Public Radio, Bethell says that along with addressing the root causes of adverse childhood experiences, “There’s a need to promote that ‘through any door’ way of being. So that wherever a child goes ... they’re met with warm adults who purposely try to see and respond to them and meet their needs for care and guidance.”