AHSS faculty lecture by Sarah Watamura
LOCATION: Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
What Does It Take to Stop the Intergenerational Transmission of Toxic Stress?
Presented by Sarah Watamura, associate professor of psychology
Chronic or severe childhood stress can have lifelong effects on productivity, physical and mental health, and can even result in a 20-year lifespan reduction. Recent evidence suggests that beyond this dramatic cost to individuals, the children of parents with significant adversity histories also experience consequences. This lecture will provide an overview of the concept of toxic stress, new evidence for effects on children when parents have significant adversity histories, and promising approaches to support communities, families and individuals in changing outcomes for children.