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How Syracuse health clinic is trying to break the cycle of childhood trauma

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - When newborns come for checkups at St. Joseph's Primary Care Center-West on the city's Near West Side, their moms and dads are asked if they grew up in homes where there was alcoholism, domestic violence, divorce and other adversity.

The answers to those questions can help determine if their babies will grow up to be healthy adults or become bogged down by the same difficulties, according to Patti Finton, a social worker at the clinic.

"If some kind of trauma happens to you as a kid it's more likely to happen to your own child," Finton says.


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