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Helping Missouri Children Overcome the Consequences of Violence

December 1, 2008

Springfield, MO - Childcare providers in Missouri will learn new research this week about the suspected link between violence and brain development in children. Experts say domestic violence is on the rise in Missouri, which advocates believe may be due, in part, to the struggling economy. Many fear children’s brains are being compromised as a consequence. Childcare providers will attend a conference this week to see and hear new science proving that exposure to violence has damaging effects from the first months of life.

Dr. Linda Chamberlain, an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to domestic violence, says it has been linked to physical, mental and behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder. But, she says Missouri is making great strides in rebuilding the minds of the littlest victims.

"It’s about teaching children healthy relationships early in their life and we have the tools to do that. Missouri is doing amazing work around this arena."

Early socialization offered by programs like Head Start and Practical Parenting Partnerships make a positive difference for children affected by violence, says Chamberlain. She adds these programs teach positive social skills, conflict resolution and problem solving; all skills that can rebuild a brain torn down by violence. The best medicine for violence is a loving adult, she says.

"Connecting kids who have suffered trauma with healthy adults is the biggest protective factor we know."

Chamberlain suggests, when teachers, school counselors or social workers encounter children who are abusing alcohol and drugs, experiencing eating disorders or threatening suicide, the adults should look closely for violence in the home.

Chamberlain will present at the statewide conference Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, at the Lodge of Four Seasons Resort in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MO