Monterey County offering parenting classes to prevent violence

NEW AT 6:00, AGENCIES WORKING TO PREVENT VIOLENCE IN SALINAS HAVE A NEW TOOL TO WORK WITH, IT’S A STUDY THAT EXAMINES A PERSON’S PAST TO PREDICT THE FUTURE LINKING CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES TO PROBLEMS LIKE ADDICTION AND DEPRESSION ACTION NEWS REPORTER BIANCA BELTRAN JOINS US WITH THE DETAIL REPORTER OFTEN LOOK TO SOMEONE’S PERSONAL LIFE AND WHAT LEADS TO THEIR ACTIONS

NOW POLICE AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE TAKING A SIMILAR APPROACH TO EXAMINE AT RISK YOUTH BEFORE THINGS ESCALAT TEN QUESTIONS CAN HELP DETERMINE THE LIKELIHOOD OF SOMEONE BECOMING A SMOKER, AN ALCOHOLIC, A DRUG ADDICT OR ATTEMPTING SUICID THEY’RE IDENTIFIED WITH THE NAME ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES ACES SUCH AS ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OR ABSENT PARENTS CAROL MANAGED TO ESCAPE A LIFE OF GANG VIOLENCE AND DRUGS IN SALINAS SHE SAYS REFLECTING ON THESE QUESTIONS AND HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOM WAS EYE OPENING >> IT MADE SENSE WHY SHE WOULD NOT GET UP BUT YOU CANNOT GET UP

SHE WAS DEPRESSED IT WAS HER WAY OF COPING, NOT DEALING WITH WHATEVER WAS GOING ON IN HER LIFE THERE WAS THE KIDS, WATCHING ALL OF THAT HAPPENED TODAY, SHE USES HER EXPERIENCES TO HELP AT RISK YOUTH ESCAPE THE CYCLE OF PROBLEMS IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS FINDINGS FROM THE ACE STUDY CONDUCTED BY KAISER PERMANENTE IS HELPING LOCAL AGENCIE IDENTIFY ROOT PROBLEMS BEHIND ISSUES AFFLICTING MONTEREY COUNTY

>> IT IS DIFFICULT FOR A CHILD TO FUNCTION AT SCHOOL HAPPY YOU CONCENTRATE ON YOUR SPELLING TEST OR MATH WORK WHEN YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR HOME WHEN YOU ARE GONE? REPORTER: THE HEALTH RISK ASSOCIATED WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF THESE NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES IN CHILDHOOD CAN SHORTEN LIFE EXPECTANCY BY 20 YEARS TO TACKLE THESE PROBLEMS EARLY, THE COUNTY IS OFFERING PARENTING CLASSES TO IMPROVE LIFE AT HOM FOR KIDS WHO MAY ALSO BE FACING PRESSURE TO JOIN A GANG OR ARE SIMPLY COMING OF GE IN A TIME WHEN VIOLENCE IS PREVALENT ONE POSITIVE MENTORI ADULT THAT CAN GUIDE A CHILD DOWN A PATH THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW WORKS

REPORTER A BIG CHALLENGE HERE IN MONTEREY COUNTY IS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND TALKING TO PARENTS ABOUT HOW THEY WERE RAISED VERSUS BEST PRACTICES HERE FOR EXAMPLE, HITTING KIDS AS DISCIPLINE IS A CONTROVERSIAL ON THAT THEY ADVISE AGAINST DAN: THANK YOU ERIN THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF MONTEREY COUNTY WILL BE PROVIDING OVER 750 PARENT

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