march, 2019

12mar12:30 pm2:00 pmAdverse Childhood Experiences? Gendered dimensions and feminist perspectives - Professor Jane Callaghan


Event Details

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships are hosting a seminar on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resilience. The seminar is FREE to attend and open to all.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) model promotes a cumulative model of developmental trauma that suggests that the more ACES a child experiences, the more likely they are to experience negative health, mental health and educational outcomes. In this seminar, Professor Jane Callaghan will explore the value inherent in this model (particularly in terms of popularising an understanding of the potential impact of trauma on children’s lives), but also consider its limitations, as a model that is individualist, and overly dependent on a neurodevelopmental account. In particular, the seminar will highlight the gendered assumptions and implications of the model, exploring ACES through an intersectional feminist lens.

Professor Jane Callaghan (@JaneEMCallaghan) is the Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling. She is a psychologist and interdisciplinary researcher, with an established record of research in areas related to childhood, violence, family life, relationships, discrimination and exclusion, and mental health and identity. Jane is principal investigator on the four nation European Commission funded project “Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies – Children’s Experiences of Domestic Violence”, the largest qualitative study of children who live with domestic violence conducted to date.

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(Tuesday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Edinburgh University

Room LG.09, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh