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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) refer to a range of traumatic events that can occur during a person’s childhood, such as abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction. Research has shown that these experiences can significantly impact an individual’s physical and mental health throughout their life.
The Prevalence and Impact of ACEs
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, approximately two-thirds of adults in the United States have experienced at least one ACE, with one in six experiencing four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences. The study also found that individuals with higher ACE scores were more likely to suffer from chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Another study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that children who experienced ACEs were more likely to develop behavioral and mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, as well as performing poorly in school. Additionally, ACEs have been linked to an increased risk of premature death.
The Long-Term Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Physical and Mental Health
The effects of ACEs can be long-lasting and even passed down to future generations. However, there is hope for individuals who have experienced ACEs. Research has shown that interventions such as therapy and support groups can help individuals to cope with and recover from the effects of their experiences.
It is important for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to be aware of the potential impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on a child’s development and well-being and to provide appropriate support and resources to those who have experienced ACEs.
In conclusion, adverse childhood experiences can significantly impact an individual’s physical and mental health throughout their life. It is crucial to recognize the signs and symptoms of ACEs to provide appropriate support and resources to those affected.
What’s In the adverse childhood experiences questionnaire for adults Quiz?
For each “yes” answer, add 1. The total number at the end is your cumulative number of ACEs.
Before your 18th birthday:
- Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
- Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
- Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever… Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?
- Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
- Did you often or very often feel that … You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?
- Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
- Was your mother or stepmother:
Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her?
or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
- Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?
- Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?
- Did a household member go to prison?
If you scored three or higher, you might still have unresolved childhood emotional triggers; reach out to Dan or Nick at Anxiety Guys at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and Start Your Healing!
My ACE scores were 6, and I developed PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, andDan Jarvis
Generalized Anxiety Disorder through military service and Law Enforcement. The start was in childhood.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente. (n.d.). The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/resources.html
JAMA Pediatrics. (2015). Association of Childhood Adversity With Adult Health: A Life-Course Study. Retrieved from: www.jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/