Must-Read: Post-Dispatch Special Report on Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress

In the Feb. 21 special report, “The Crisis Within,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and reporter Nancy Cambria spell out in detail the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children, the science behind how stress in the mother and child affects the child’s development, and some solutions to countering stress.

The report tells the stories of families affected by poverty, gun violence, instability and other stresses. Researchers from Washington University describe their studies on how toxic stress impacts brain development. Finally, the report shows interventions such as quality early childhood programs, that can help overcome toxic stress.

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