Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that the healthy development of children can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body (especially the brain), with damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan. This topic will be highlighted at the National Coucil of Juvenile and Family and Court Judges in July in Chicago.
According to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University, it’s important to distinguish among three kinds of responses to stress: positive, tolerable and toxic. “When toxic stress response occurs continuously, or is triggered by multiple sources, it can have a cumulative toll on an individual’s physical and mental health—for a lifetime,” the council says.
Key Concepts: Toxic Stress, from Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University.
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