Spots remain for a screening of the one-hour documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope," to be hosted by Rural Health Projects, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid.

Reservations must be made by close of business Monday for the documentary showing, which "reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death," and "chronicles the dawn of a movement determined to fight back," according to a press release.

According to the documentary's website the film "delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress."

"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 "Resilience" website stated. "However, as experts and practitioners profiled in 'Resilience' are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect."

"Resilience" documents findings by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a 1998 study of more than 17,000 adults. The CDC found, as children, 28% of the study participants had witnessed physical abuse, 27% had witnessed substance abuse in the home, 13% had been present during domestic violence and 20% had been victims of sexual abuse.

Researchers identified correlations between those childhood traumatic experiences and negative behaviors in teen to adult years, including tobacco, drug and alcohol use, risky sexual activity and unhealthy eating habits. Negative health outcomes followed, including higher risks for heart disease, depression and other diseases, and higher rates of negative social outcomes, such as homelessness, abusive relationships and incarceration.

Those effects are borne out in a 2014 study published by Child Trends, a Bethesda, Md.-based nonprofit focused on children's health and welfare issues.

According to the Child Trends study, the greatest risk factors for ACEs in Oklahoma are economic hardship and divorce, followed by alcoholism, domestic violence and mental illness.

Oklahoma has the highest composite percentage of children who have had one to three or more ACEs, and the highest percentage of children who had witnessed or been victims of domestic violence, according to the study.

In the Child Trends report, Oklahoma was ranked in the highest quartile for every ACEs risk factor, including economic hardship, divorce or separation of parents, substance abuse, mental illness, violence, incarceration of a parent or caregiver, death of a loved one and domestic violence.

To see the screening of "Resilience" and join the conversation on how to address ACEs in the Enid community, call Becky Zook at (580) 213-3170 before 5 p.m. Monday to reserve a spot. Light refreshments will be served at the event, which will be in room 131 at the NWOSU-Enid campus, 2929 E. Randolph.

Registration and more info also are available at

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