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Dealing with childhood violence
Dealing with childhood violence

Thank you for Andrea McDaniels' brilliant article on the impact of violence on children ("Advocates aim to save Baltimore children from impact of violence," Dec. 14). Pediatricians are so concerned about this issue — called Adverse Childhood Experiences — that we have made the impact of such events the centerpiece of the American Academy of Pediatrics' agenda. As Ms. McDaniels discusses, the impact of community violence has a long reach. Children living under constant stress can suffer life-long damage that affects the quality of their lives. A growing body of evidence shows kids under severe stress are more likely to be chronically ill and be more...

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