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Addressing Adversity & Inequity

Understanding the effects of adversity and inequity to effectively reduce their impact on children

Experiences of adversity during childhood can have wide-spread and long-term detrimental effects on children’s well-being. Researchers at CCFW are studying the risk and protective factors (experiences, relationships, social contexts and skills) that impact children’s well-being. Our work informs practice and policy aimed at reducing the impact of adversity on children and interrupting the flow of these outcomes from generation to generation.

We use a bioecological model to study the neurobiological, social-emotional, health and mental health outcomes of experiences of adversity at multiple levels. These include parenting, family, neighborhood, and environmental factors that account for the effects of adversity — and conversely, that can promote resilience in children.

Our partners are studying the impacts of adversity and inequity in a variety of areas, including the effects of economic disadvantage, interpersonal violence, neighborhood disadvantage and violence, childhood cancer diagnosis, air pollutants, and life-span and intergenerational perspectives on adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Current Research, Projects & Programs

Bioecological Model of Adversity

Understanding the effects of adversity at multiple system levels, including individual, family, community and environmental risk, to clarify their combined contributions to health and mental health inequity. Learn more >

Emotion Coaching and Maintaining Family Relationships

Studying how families maintain strong family relationships in the face of adverse environments and life events, and how emotionally sensitive parenting can protect children and support positive outcomes. Learn more >

Project 1, 2, 3, Go!

Studying how low-income and poverty affect children’s developing neurobiological systems of self-regulation and well-being through parenting, family, and neighborhood risk factors. Learn more >

Related Resources

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“Reach out, I’ll be there”: Awakening to resilience in communities

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From Ally to Antiracist: Using Psychological Science and Mindfulness to Cultivate Growth and Action

Dr. Jonathan Kanter reviews new research that emphasizes the important role mindfulness and acceptance practices can play in protest and antiracism efforts, particularly as tools to overcome the barriers of fatigue, uncertainty, anxiety, and defensiveness.

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Resources for talking with children about race and racism

This list of webinars, websites and books support conversations in homes and classrooms about race and racism.

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Social Justice Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness resources we recommend for supporting the inner growth and external action for social justice.

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A pilot study of mindful body awareness training as an adjunct to office-based medication treatment of opioid use disorder

In this study, CCFW Academic Partner Dr. Cynthia Price examined the effects of the mind-body intervention Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy as an adjunct to women’s substance use disorder treatment. 

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Academic Partners

We collaborate with partners in a variety of fields, both across the University of Washington and at other universities and research centers.
UW School of Public Health
UW School of Nursing
UW Department of Pediatrics
UW College of Education
UW School of Public Health
UW School of Nursing
UW Psychology
UW Psychology
UW Psychology
UW School of Social Work
UW Psychology