Another excellent, ground-breaking book on Scotland's mindset and behaviours by Carol Craig.
In this book she sets lout to explore how the recently developed ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scoring system may explain Scotland's troubled public health, and uses her personal life experience and the fate of her childhood peers to bring the whole issue to stark reality.
Of course what ultimately matters is dealing with the resultant individual as well as society-wide problems that results from such experiences, and this is succinctly and clearly explored in the last chapter.
If you are interested in public health generally and Scottish contemporary society in particular this is a must.
As a children & families social worker I sadly all too often see the devestating impact of childhood adversity. I’m 3/4 of the way through this book and it has given a lot of food for thought about the ‘state of the nation’ in considering some of Scotland’s entrenched difficulties, particularly some of our damaging societal norms which are accepted as part of being Scottish. Can’t recommend this book enough.
Set within the Scottish context this gives a realistic appraisal of the background to trauma & disadvantage and it’s impact. A good overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences, their relevance and the potential usefulness to a quickly developing progressive approach to improving children & young people’s lives as well as improving life chances and health outcomes for those of us who have been affected by adversity. Recommended
This should be compulsory reading for all policy makers, educationalists, social workers, and above all parents. Hiding in plain sight is the devastating impact that Scottish culture has on many of Scotland's people.. astonishing revelations which once pointed out to you seem glaringly obvious... and you wonder why you had not realised this before... I read this book in one sitting and would predict that I will return to it again and again.