Research

The AMERICA’S ANGEL mission is anchored in three core areas of converging research:

The Heckman Equation – Economics
Economic consequences of adverse childhoods prohibit national economic recovery.
James Heckman, Ph.D., 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Professor, University of Chicago
http://www.heckmanequation.org/

The Adverse Childhood Environment (ACE) Study – Disease, behavioral, social and economic outcomes of childhood toxic stress.
Dr. Robert Anda, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta , GA. Dr. Vincent Felitti, Chief, Department of Preventive Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego , CA
http://www.acestudy.org/

Harvard Center on the Developing Child – Neuroscience applied to social outcomes.
Jack P. Shonkoff, Professor of Child Health and Development; Director -Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
http://developingchild.harvard.edu/

These studies bring to bear the root of our national unraveling – unconscious parenting as the foundational issue undermining our civil society, national solvency, and global standing:

• Children’s biological demand for family bonding in order to develop the neural capacity to contribute to civil society.

• America’s unaddressed fatal flaw has left our children out of the equation of what constitutes a strong foundation.

• The tax burden of unconscious parenting is unsustainable. $1.2 Trillion annually.

“Love, or the lack of love, change the young brain forever.”

Thomas Lewis, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Professor Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco

Please delve deeper into the research concerning Social Trends that affect our country, how Play affects the development of your child, the effects of TV & Video games, and Substance Abuse.

Our section on the Developing Brain includes the Five Most Important Things you can do to boost your baby’s brain power.

Learn how to help your child meet developmental milestones, as outlined by three of the most highly respected sources: Erik Erikson, the Mayo Clinic, and Jean Piaget, under the Developmental Stages category.

“85 percent of a child’s brain development takes place by the age of 5. Synapses are created with astonishing speed in the first three years of life. For the rest of the first decade, a child’s brain has twice as many synapses as an adult’s brain. This means that a child’s environment during the first five years of life greatly impact the brain’s ability to develop.”

Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development. Rima Shore.