Documentary shows effects of childhood trauma on adult health outcomes

The Marysville Library will show “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” a documentary that explores the adverse effects of childhood trauma on physical and mental health.

The Snohomish Health District is sponsoring the showing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the library’s large meeting room.

“Resilience” examines the growing evidence that links childhood adversity to health problems in adulthood.

Participants were recruited for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study between 1995 and 1997 and have been in long-term follow up for health outcomes. The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation.

Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. The physicians, educators, social workers and communities profiled in “Resilience” talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. They’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

A discussion will follow.