Toxic stress in children and youth: Exploring the role of community-based programming to support health and well-being in the United States

Maribeth Clifton, Laura Boden, Lauren E. Milton

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Abstract

Children and youth exposed to toxic stress are at a greater risk for negative outcomes on health, well-being and occupational performance. Focus groups were conducted to gain understanding of the experiences and perspectives of youth at-risk who were currently receiving services from a community-based agency in a small city in the Western United States. Participants discussed acquiring life skills through agency programming including social skills and coping/self-regulation skills. Participants also reported a positive culture of the agency, expressing feelings of safety, trust and supportive relationships. Community-based programming may be in a pivotal position to provide services and supports that act as buffering protection against the effects of toxic stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • children
  • community
  • development
  • toxic stress
  • trauma

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